- Hi, Y'all!
I am new to the Group, and look forward to meeting all of you.
I have had the good fortune to become close friends with an Australian
whose great-grandfather emigrated to America about 1855. In March,
1861, John Fearn Francis enlisted in New Orleans as a private with the
28th Thomas' Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Volunteers). He was present
at Chickasaw Bluffs/Bayou and was paroled at Vicksburg as a 2nd
Lieutenant. He lived in Mansfield, Louisiana, and was there on 8 April
1864. After his death at Mansfield, his widow and children returned home
to Australia. The events at Mansfield are another interesting story
A question: John Francis' military records show him to be a "Nurse in
Camp Hospital on Daily Duty", or "Nurse R.H." ("R.H"??? Regimental
Headquarters, maybe?). My friend remembers family stories about this
ancestor, including talk of Shiloh, but he can't remember the Shiloh
connection. Is there any record of medical personnel from other units,
especially a NEW unit, being sent in to Shiloh AFTER the battle?
Francis enlisted 29 March 1862; Shiloh was less than ten days later. Is
that even a possibility? The earliest date shown on the Company Muster
Rolls and Regimental Returns is 30 April 1862.
Or maybe it was that the story of Shiloh made such an impression on
Ellen Francis (his widow) that the story has been passed on down to the
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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