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Civil War Harper's Weekly, December 17, 1864

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George Thomas

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Florida Capture

Capture of the Ship "Florida"

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Battle of Franklin


General John Schofield

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[DECEMBER 17, 1864.





GENERAL JOHN McALLISTER SCHOFIELD, who commanded the Federal troops engaged in the recent battle at Franklin, was born in Chatauqua County, New York, in 1831. He graduated at West Point in 1853, and his present rank in the regular army is Captain of Artillery. He was at an early period of the war connected with the operations in Missouri. He was with General LYON at the battle of Wilson's Creek. Upon the removal of General CURTIS he was placed in command of the Department of Missouri. Early in 1861 he was removed to allay dissatisfaction which had grown up in his department and transferred to East Tennessee. He

took a prominent part in General SHERMAN'S summer campaign ; and when the latter started upon his grand march through Georgia, he was left with General THOMAS to assist in the campaign against General HOOD. General SCHOFIELD, in his conduct of the retreat of our forces upon Nashville, has given fresh evidence of his distinguished ability as a soldier. The battle at Franklin was forced upon him by the pressure on his rear of a rebel force outnumnbering his own command, and little time was afforded him for defensive preparations. But he succeeded in gaining a signal victory, and so severely punishing the enemy that his retreat was continued without molestation. It is impossible to say what the result of a defeat might have been.


GENERAL DAVID S. STANLEY, who so notably distinguished himself in the battle of Franklin, is a native of Ohio. In the year 1861 he fought in Missouri, and in the subsequent year followed the advance of our Western armies, after the capture of New Madrid and Island No. 10, into Mississippi. In the battle of Corinth he led the brilliant charge which crowned the victory of the day. In the battle of Franklin two corps were engaged, the Fourth and the Twenty-third. The latter was commanded by General Cox ; the former, under General STANLEY, held the right. It was on the right and centre that the heavy shock of the battle fell. The two

brigades holding the centre were WAGNER'S of the Fourth and RILEY'S of the Twenty-third Corps. CHEATHAM'S entire corps of the rebel army, supported by LEE'S, fell upon this portion of our line in repeated charges, and at last, after several repulses, broke through. Two of the rebel leaders had already fallen, CLEBURNE and ADAMS. The centre broken, Colonel OPDYKE'S brigade, which lay behind in reserve, confronted the enemy's advance. STANLEY came up at this crisis, and ordered OPDYKE to restore the broken line. The advancing rebels were attacked in flank, and many of them captured. General STANLEY, while leading OPDYKE'S brigade to the charge, was wounded severely but not dangerously


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