Died in the Battle of Chickamauga. He was the flag bearer for the 4th Texas Brigade, Pickett's Army. He came to Texas in 1848.
". . . When the Civil War broke out, Edward enlisted in the 4th Texas Brigade, Pickett's Army, as the color bearer. '. . . stalwart Ed Francis enrolled as Color Sergeant in Co A __' Hell's Roaring' Fourth Infantry Regiment of Hood's Texas Brigade. . . . ."Almost exactly a year later, 9/20/1863, Sergeant Ed Francis was slain in the Battle of Chickamauga. . . . "Here too, fell the gallant Lieutenants Bookman and Killingsworth; also Ed Francis, our color sergeant and many brave and gallant men."
"In a letter to George Francis from his son Wesley Clark Francis, dated 1/7/18/1864. . . 'You wanted to know about Edward's death. The morning the fight began we lay in line of battle listening to the deafening roar of battle. I felt like I wanted to talk to him; but, I did not and I shall ever regret that I did not. I believe I felt more anxiety here than at any other previous battle. Late in the evening the fatal command was given to forward. The last I saw of him he was bearing on the banner he had borne through every battle without falter. But soon I had to turn back. I never saw him more. His knapsack and all of his things was brought to me. The ball that killed him went through his breast and lodged in his knapsack. It is beginning to rain and we have no shelter, so I must close.'"
"On the battlefield of Chickamauga, The flag of the Fourth was held on high By the heroic hand of Gallant Francis, But his time had come to die.
His fate was almost surely spoken By the numerous wounds received, But his great courage couldn't be broken, 'Till from duty he was relieved.
His name should be on an honor roll ... Or on the face of the monument. For like all true men he had a soul Which for duty was doubly bent.
His body went down, his soul on high, As others, who followed his wake; While we were making the Federals fly For old General Longstreet's sake.
"The brave flag bearer of the Fourth, Lieutenant Ed Francis, Bore the flag that day for the last time."
Submitted by: The Committee and Written by Sherry Summers Marine, POB 445, Sutter Creek, CA 95685' [sources: Sidney Francis, San Antonio, Texas"]
[source: The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama. . . ] page 281
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