David DeLafayette Franklin

David DeLafayette Franklin

McMinn County, Tennessee, USA
Death 21 Feb 1901 (aged 67)
Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 24213114 · View Source
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David was the son of David Franklin & Rebecca Schell. He Married May Ann Wann about 1853. That marriage was blessed with ten children. After the death of his first wife in 1880, he married Emily Mason.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, David Franklin enlisted, May 16, 1861, in Company C, 3rd Regiment (Lillard's) Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Confederate States of America).
Col. Lillard
led the regiment in the Kentucky Campaign, and they saw combat action at Baker's Creek, Big Black, Vicksburg, Morristown, Greenville, Bull's Gap, and in the Valley of Virginia.

David was captured during the Siege of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. He was pardoned and exchanged on July 10, 1863. He was once again captured by Union forces in Benton County, TN, on December 1, 1863. This time, he was sent to the infamous Federal Prison Camp in Rock Island, IL. While there, he was admitted to the prison hospital, suffering with smallpox. Later in life, his military pension application would show that he was 75% disabled, with vision, hearing, and back injuries.

While a prisoner-of-war at Rock Island, he enlisted, October 14, 1864, in Company B, 3rd United States Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Frontier Service of the Northwestern Frontier.

The United States Volunteer Infantry Regiments were made up of former Confederate soldiers who, while prisoners of war, were given the opportunity to leave POW camps in the event they would serve in the United States Army. There was a very difficult process in making this transition from Confederate POW to the ranks of the Union army as a "Galvanized Yankee."

These men knew that by volunteering for the Union army, they would be shunned by their former comrades, and after the war, they were frequently shunned by Union and Confederate Veterans alike and most were not granted pensions from the US Government. However, these men endured trials and tribulations well beyond the prisons, and their exploits in the American Territories out west were trying in themselves and, in the end, many of these men did good and loyal service in the name of the United States on its frontier.

David was honorably discharged from Federal service in November, 1865. Thus, David Franklin had the very unusual destinction of serving in both the Confederate and Union Armies during the Civil War, as a "Galvanized Yankee". One of only 6,000 Americans to do so.


David D. Franklin
Co B
3 U.S.V.I.

Gravesite Details Original headstone was replaced March 2010
  • Created by: Robert Fickies
  • Added: 27 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 24213114
  • Robert Fickies
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David DeLafayette Franklin (Jun 1833–21 Feb 1901), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24213114, citing Carrollton Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Robert Fickies (contributor 46492489) .