50th Ohio from the book "My Experiences During the Civil War." By Major Thomas C. Thoburn. Page 147
At the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, it appears the 50th Ohio lost 140 men and Major Thoburn figured at least half were captured. Major Thoburn wrote that he was on the extreme right of the regiment, with "Company A."
He was getting his men on line and then the Confederates came on and he looked to his left and to his amazement only two soldiers were left, the rest had run away.
His exact words...
"I also remember as I turned away to make my run for life, that I saw the colors of one of the 4th Corps Reg't lying just before me. I actually stepped over it and left it, it was a hard thing to do. There was not a moment to consider, life was too dear for me to throw it away. Simply to carry away with me a flag belonging to some unknown Reg't. Yet it was our flag. On the other hand to pass through the enemy with it, would make me a target for the enemy. A moment's delay might have been fatal to me."
Now Major Thoburn says his men ran back to Colonel Opdycke's "Second Line" and joined them. He never mentions getting the flag back or what happened to the flag/flags. It appears that in the battle of Franklin he was a Lieutenant in company A.
Well we know of three Union regiments now that lost flags. 72nd Illinois, 97th Ohio (24th South Carolina claimed the capture)(OR 45, Series 1, Page 737) and possibly the 50th Ohio now. The 107th Illinois must have had one flag captured and one saved. A Confederate soldier captured one of the flags, he was shot and some members of the 107th Illinois went over the breastworks and got the flag back. But on tablet at Franklin (Johnson's Division) "After capturing three flags, one belonging to the 107th Illinois." Sharp's Brigade captured three stand of colors. (one thought to be the colors of the 107th Illinois Inf.)
I got my eye out for the two brigades of Wagner's division that was post half a mile in front of the main army. Also Moore's Brigade, Strickland's Brigade, Reilly's Brigade,
Conrad: Lane: Moore's Brigade: Strickland's Brigade:
42nd Illinois 100th Illinois 107th Illinois 72nd Illinois (Lost Flag) <--Front Line
51st Illinois 40th Indiana 80th Indiana 44th Missouri
79th Illinois 57th Indiana 129th Indiana <--FL 50th Ohio (Lost Flag) <--Front Line
15th Missouri 28th Kentucky 23rd Michigan 183rd Ohio
64th Ohio 26th Ohio 24th Missouri
65th Ohio 97th Ohio 111th Ohio <--Front Line
100th Ohio <--Front line
104th Ohio <--Front Line
I also believe the 57th Indiana lost a flag. When I typed in "Union flags captured at Franklin, Tennessee" on Google Books, this popped up.
"Indiana Battle Flags: And a Record of Indiana Organizations in the Mexican War/Civil War." Page 335.
In that tiny paragraph there was a name "Robert B. Heuchan", I searched his name on the National Archives soldier/sailor website and....57th Indiana popped up. The 57th Indiana was in Lane's brigade.
I do believe that Sharp's Brigade of Johnson's division captured a flag from the 72nd Illinois and 107th Illinois. I have been searching the internet for Union regimental alignment when Johnson's division attacked. Who was on who's right and left, etc. Just a process of elimination after that.
Well if anyone knows what Union regiments, that Sharp's brigade fought against would be a huge step on figuring out what flags were captured.
Have a good evening,