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battle of Franklin, or Harpeth Creek, Tennessee, the Confederacy has received the following concise history from a prominent citizen of Memphis who was intimately acquainted with him: "Brigadier-General Strahl was born in the State of Pennsylvania, and was of German descent. Subsequently he removed to Illinois, and from thence to West Tennessee, where, at the outbreaking of the war, he was engaged in teaching a school. At that time, and for some time previous, he was captain of a volunteer company. This company (he still captain of it) attached itself to the Fourth Tennessee regiment at its organization at Germantown. In the organization of that regiment (Fourth Tennessee) he was elected lieutenant-colonel, in which capacity he faithfully and gallantly served through General Polk's campaign in Kentucky, and commanded his regiment at the memorable battle of Shiloh. "At the re-organization of the Army of the West at Corinth, he was chosen colonel of the regiment, which he successfully commanded at the battles of Perryville and Murfreesboro'. Receiving his commission as brigadier-general, which he won by hard fighting and meritorious conduct, he commanded his brigade at the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, in which latter engagement he was severely wounded."
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