|Birth||April 9, 1848|
|Death||Jan. 12, 1930|
|Unit||18th Missouri Infantry, Company K/A|
Private Francis R Davis
Company K/A, 18th Missouri Infantry
Franklin (also called Francis) Davis was born in Maryland on April 9, 1848. Missouri records indicate that he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment in mid-July of 1863. Davis would have been 15 years old when he entered the service. He served about 2 years and was mustered out in July 1865 in Kentucky.
Davis joined the regiment in the final stages half of the Civil War. His unit was part of General Sherman’s “War to the Sea” in November-December, 1864. Davis would have joined the regiment in time to be part of the Siege of Atlanta (summer 1864) and the Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865). Other battles and historic events during Dixon’s enlistment include:
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee. (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Davis died on January 12, 1930 at the age of 81 years. Two Civil War sources indicate that he is buried in the Chambers Cemetery in Chambers (Holt County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Goodham Post (#247) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Chambers.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.