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Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment

Turkey Creek & Campbell Station November 16, 1863

 

9th Corps - First Division - Third Brigade
Captain Frederick Swift Sgt. Joseph Brandle

 
Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 26, 2016
1. Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment Marker
Inscription. On November 16, 1863, the 17th Michigan was assigned as part of the Rear Guard along with the 2nd Michigan, 20th Michigan and the 100th Pennsylvania to protect the rest of Burnside's Army which were now in retreat into the defenses of Knoxville.

The Confederates, under General Longstreet caught up with the 17th Michigan skirmishers of the Rear Guard at Turkey Creek, a few hundred yards from this spot.

Almost cut off, Captain Frederick Swift of Company E and Sgt. Joseph Brandle, the flag bearer, rallied the regiment and stopped the Confederates from over running them and the rest of the guard.

For this action, Captain Swift and Sgt. Brandle were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Losses for the 17th Michigan
7 Killed
52 Wounded
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 35° 51.217′ N, 84° 10.633′ W. Marker is in Farragut, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Evans Road and Virtue Road, on the right when traveling east on Evans Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville TN 37934, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The U.S. Veterans Memorial (within shouting
Joseph E. Brandle-grave site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 20, 2002
2. Joseph E. Brandle-grave site
He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater MI-Section 2, Lot 84, GPS Coordinates N41.9428 W85.0339. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: BRANDLE, JOSEPH E. Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 17th Michigan Infantry Place and date: At Lenoire, Tenn., 16 November 1863 Entered service at: Colon, Mich. Date of issue: 20 July 1897 Citation: While color bearer of his regiment, having been twice wounded and the sight of one eye destroyed, still held to the colors until ordered to the rear by his regimental commander.
distance of this marker); Battle of Campbell's Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument (approx. 2 miles away); Campbell Station (was approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Old Cumberland Presbyterian Meeting House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Memorial for Cofounders of Campbell Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); Farragut Schools: Early Years (approx. 2.4 miles away); Farragut Schools: Recent Years (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farragut.
 
Also see . . .  17th Michigan Infantry. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Frederick Swift-grave site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 15, 2002
3. Frederick Swift-grave site
He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit MI-Section B, Lot 23. GPS Coordinates N42.3485 W83.0170. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: SWIFT, FREDERIC W. Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, 17th Michigan Infantry Place and date: At Lenoire Station, Tenn., 16 November 1863 Entered service at: Michigan Date of issue: 15 February 1897 Citation: Gallantly seized the colors and rallied the regiment after 3 color bearers had been shot and the regiment, having become demoralized, was in imminent danger of capture.
Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 26, 2016
4. Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 139 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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