Book Recommendations 72 Illinois and Battle of Franklin

Jimbo_Poke

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Good day all, it has been some time since my last post. During that time have been doing some family research and have uncovered a man in my family tree Albert S. Packer an officer in the 72nd Illinois who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Franklin. Apparently the 72nd Il officers didn't fare much better than their rebel counterparts that day. Anyone here have any good book recommendations for either the Battle of Franklin or the 72nd Il regiment? Thank you in advance.
 

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@Jimbo_Poke I have a couple of suggestions that might be of assistance listed below. Good luck with your search!
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I highly recommend Wiley Sword's The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville as an excellent book regarding the battle and the build up to and the aftermath of the bloody conflict.

A Captain of Infantry at Franklin by James Sexton (Read November 8, 1904)
Military Essays and Recollections;
Papers Read before the Commandery of the State of Illinois, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Volume 4

466-484

72nd Illinois at Franklin 10 KIA, 62 WIA, 86 MIA total of 158*
*Official Records of the Rebellion Series 1, Volume XLV, Part 1
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924077743031&view=1up&seq=3Page 343

Civil War Diary of General Joseph Stockton
http://battleofchampionhill.org/stockton.htm
The Last 15 Feet at Vicksburg
https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.c...action=keypress&region=FixedLeft&pgtype=Blogs
 

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Much belated, but want to say thank you for the recommendations. Went ahead and ordered Wiley Sword's The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville and am putting the For Cause and for Country on the to get list. Thank you Ole Miss for the links as well.
 
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Be careful with the Sword book. He seems more focused on the (false) stories of Hood's romantic interests and use of laudanum than details on the battles and campaign, but it is well written and an easy read. Jacobson is the definitive work, and Lee White wrote a shorter book for the Emerging Civil War series.

At Championhilx...great blog post!
 

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Absolutely this. There is a newer updated version with more up to date info and maps. Just an absolutely fantastic albeit brutal read.

I need to go back and read it again soon. It is a brutal read and Eric did a great job of conveying the desperation of the AoT soldiers making those attacks.
 
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