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 William Buel Franklin

William Buel Franklin

Birth
York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Mar 1903 (aged 80)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section H, Lot 141
Memorial ID 4888 · View Source
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Civil War Union Major General. Graduated from the United States Military Acadeny in 1843, graduating 1st in the class where Ulysses S. Grant was 2lst. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was comissioned Colonel of the 12th United States Regular Infantry and three days later comissioned Brigadier General, US Volunteers. His first engagement was at the First Battle of Bull Run with a less then steller brigade command. During the Peninsula Campaign he led a division and then the VI Corps to distinction. During the Maryland Campaign his forces pevetrated the defenses of Crompton's Gap in South Mountain and then fought at Antietam with honor. At Fredericksbiurg in December 1862 he commanded the "Left Grand Division" consisting os his VI Corps and General John F. Reynolds' I Corps. General Ambrose Burnside, the army commander at Fredericksburg, compalined bitterly that Franklin disobeyed orders and was responsible for the failure of the battle. Burnside demanded his removal from the army. President Abraham Lincoln refused to dismiss General Franklin but he was never restored to his former status. He had minor positions until the end of the war. After the war he spent 22 years as the general manager of the Colt Firearms Company in Hartford, Connecticut. He also suppervised the construction of the Connecticut State Capitol. He also served as a presidential elector for the Samuel J. Tilton campaign in 1876 and as commissioner general of the United States for the Paris Exposition in 1888.

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  • Added: 21 Mar 1999
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Buel Franklin (27 Feb 1823–8 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4888, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .