Franklin Gardner

Major General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Franklin Gardner, born in New York City, January 29, 1823, and appointed to the Military Academy from Iowa, was graduated four numbers above U. S. Grant in the class of 1843. He subsequently won two brevets for gallantry in Mexico. Appointed lieutenant colonel of infantry in the Regular Confederate States Army on March 16, 1861, Gardner apparently did not go through the formality of resigning from the old army; he was dropped from the rolls on May 7. His early services were in Tennessee and Mississippi. He was present at Shiloh in command of a brigade of cavalry, after which he was promoted brigadier general to rank from April 11, 1862. He engaged in General Bragg's invasion of Kentucky where he was in command of a brigade in General Withers' division of General Leonidas Polk's corps. He was appointed major general to rank from December 13, 1862, and was confirmed on June 10, 1864. Meantime Gardner was placed in command at Port Hudson early in 1863, a post which capitulated after a stubborn defense following the fall of Vicksburg. After being exchanged in August 1864, he was assigned to duty in Mississippi, serving toward the end of the war under General Richard Taylor. The few remaining years of his life were spent as a planter near Vermillionville (now Lafayette), Louisiana, where he died on April 29, 1873, and where he is buried. General Gardner had married into the Mouton family of Louisiana as had his sister. His brother, however, took an active part in the war on the Union side, and his father, Colonel Charles K. Gardner, who had been adjutant general of the army during the War of 1812, although retired since 1818, also supported the Union, and was a clerk in the Treasury Department in Washington until his retirement in 1867.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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