We are stuck on what colors BG.Sharp's Mississippi brigade captured. Wiley Sword's book "The Confederacy's Last Hurrah" on page 246, has the "72nd Illinois losing a flag". The 72nd Illinois website also confirms that.
I drove to Franklin, Tennessee to get to the bottom of this. I came across a marker on "Johnson's Division".
On the left side, was a picture of MG.Ed Johnson and on top it had "The night attack-7:30Pm".
"Three flags were captured and one belonged to the 107th Illinois."
Lets add the 72nd Illinois on top of that and I think we are very close. The marker also had 129th Indiana, 111th Ohio and 183rd Ohio, along with the 107th Illinois, "fired a staggering volley that decimated the Confederate ranks".
So all together, we have...
107th Illinois--1 Color confirmed
72nd Illinois---1 Color confirmed
97th Ohio-------" "
The 51st Illinois flag was recaptured "from its captors" (Sword, page 206)
50th Ohio---Unknown if captured. National flag was left at the breastworks, Regimental saved and carried to the rear. (History of the 50th Ohio) (Sword page 195) has at least 60 men captured when their line was overrun.
I do question Union regiments in Lane's Brigade and Conrad's brigade. (The two brigades post half a mile in front of the entire Union Army).
The 28th Kentucky had spencer repeaters (only Union regiment at the battle that had them), they were routed.
Lane's Brigade: 100th Illinois, 40th Indiana, 57th Indiana, 28th Kentucky, 26th Ohio and 97th Ohio.
Conrad's Brigade: 42nd Illinois, 51st Illinois, 79th Illinois, 15th Missouri, 64th Ohio and 65th Ohio
The 27th Illinois (Veteran detachment) is not listed on the Order of Battle. They were there for I had a family member in that regiment. They were attached to Lane's Brigade.
I know the 51st Illinois lost at least one flag, for it was recaptured back. 97th Ohio lost a flag to the 24th SC at the breastworks. The others....?
Well again, a stop sign appears.
Have a good morning,