; Thirteenth regiment, Lieut.--Col. Francis L. Campbell
; Sixteenth regiment Lieut.-Col. Robert H. Lindsay
; Nineteenth regiment, Maj. Camp Flournoy
; Twentieth regiment, Capt. Alexander Dressel
; Twenty-fifth regiment, Col. Francis C. Zacharie
; Thirtieth regiment, Maj. Arthur Picolet
; Fourth battalion, Capt. T. A. Bisland
; Fourteenth battalion sharpshooters, Lieut. A. T. Martin
was at Franklin
, with instructions from Thomas
to hold it until the post could be made secure.
quickly resolved to crush Schofield
before he could obey Thomas
His troops carried the first line of hastily constructed works.
Behind this was an interior line, which he failed to storm against overwhelming numbers.
Confederates occupied the outer line, a position of peculiar peril.
The enemy held the inner line strongly manned, against which the Confederates
bravely advanced, and there inside the enemy's works many fell The Federals had the worst of the struggle at Franklin
, but the South
suffered the loss of many of its most heroic men.
During this battle Gibson
's brigade was with Lee
, but Scott
and his gallant Alabamians and Louisianians were in the heat of the desperate struggle, attacking on the right of the Federal
line, charging over ground obstructed by a deep railroad cut, abatis and hedge, swept by a terribly destructive fire from the enemy's artillery, ‘pressing forward with dauntless courage to the inner line of works, which they failed to carry, but where many of them remained, separated from the enemy only by the parapet, until the Federal
Such were the words in which A. P. Stewart
described the work of Loring
was paralyzed by the explosion of a shell near him. The gallant Colonel Nelson
gave up his life on this bloody field.
was at this time strongly fortified at Murfreesboro
, with 8,000 men. Hood
, on the way from