Gen Franklin Sawyer

Gen Franklin Sawyer

Auburn Center, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Apr 1892 (aged 66)
Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, USA
Burial Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 24837961 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He entered service 29 April 1861 as captain, Co.D, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Was promoted to major 9 July 1861, and lieutenant colonel 25 Nov. 1861. He became commanding officer of 8th Ohio after Col. Samuel S. Carroll was promoted to brigade commander 24 May 1862, and served as such till its muster out. Wounded at Gettysburg 1 July 1863, and was awarded brevet promotion to Brigadier General to date 13 March 1865. Elected to the Ohio state legislature in 1865. After the war Sawyer continued his law practice and wrote "A Military History of the 8th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry" published in 1881.

General Franklin Sawyer
A distinguished soldier, patriot, and brilliant attorney, was born in Auburn, Crawford County, Ohio, July 13 1825. He was educated at Norwalk seminary and Granville college. In 1847 he was admitted to the bar and in 1850 was elected prosecuting attorney of Huron county. In 1860, General Sawyer organized the Norwalk Light Guards, which on April 20, 1861 became Company D, 8th O.V.I. and he was commissioned its captain. Upon reorganization of the regiment at Camp Denison Ohio in May 1861, Captain Sawyer was made Major and with it went to the front where for more than three years he was conspicuous for gallantry in camp and upon hard fought battle grounds. Having led his command on many previous battle fields he was, after the battle of Gettysburg, in which he was severely wounded, promoted from lieutenant colonel to brigadier general, in
appreciation of his bravery and meritorious conduct. At the battle of Spotsylvania, General Sawyer received so severe a wound as to prevent further active engagement.
In 1865, he was elected a representative in the Ohio legislature
and proved a valuable member. After most faithful service, both as a soldier and citizen, he died April 15th, 1892.

married: January 30, 1848, Lucinda M. Lathrop, who died 6/12/1854
November 29, 1855, Elizabeth B. Bostwick of Delaware County, NY, who died 1/6/1878
"Captain Frank Sawyer, of Norwalk, had forty men ready on the sixteenth [of April 1861]"
(History of the city of Columbus (OH) 1892)

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