Written by Denise Collingwood, Struthers Historical Society
Struthers Last Living Civil War Veteran  



Alexander Frankforther came to Struthers more than 150 years ago and Yellow Creek Park was his boyhood playing grounds. At the age of 20, he found work in Logan, Ohio.

Enlisting from Hocking County, Ohio on August 12, 1862, Mr. Frankforther was mustered into service at Camp Circleville, in Company E of the 90th Regiment, First Brigade and First Division of the Fourth Corps of the Army of the Cumberland.

The recruits of this Regiment were formed into a detachment, to be transferred to the 51st OVI; but for the reason that the paymaster retained the descriptive rolls and failed to indorse payment, the transfer was not completed.

During the Civil War, he marched over eight hundred miles to the south and fought thru the battles of Atlanta, Stone's River, Wild Cat, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, Nashville, Franklin, and many lesser engagements, 27 in all.

 




Alexander Frankfort (1842 - 1930)

After serving the Union Army two years, ten months and nine days, he was mustered out on June 21, 1865 in accordance with orders from the War Department at Camp Dennison, Ohio.

Once he was struck on the leg by a fragment of a shell. "I thought I was thru that time. I guess I was too tough to kill," the old veteran declares. "Some of the other fellows in our regiment weren't so lucky."

After the war, Alexander changed the German spelling of Frankforther to the American name of Frankfort. It is by this name that we are familiar today.

Alexander Frankforther fought in 27 engagements between August 12, 1862 and June 21, 1865.

Private Frankforther finished his enlistment duties in Alabama & East Tennessee 'till 1865.


 

Battle engagements of Pvt Frankforther

 
 
1. 
Battle of Perrysville, KY  Oct. 8, 1862
 
2. 
Lavergne, TN
 
3. 
Battle of Stones River, TN  Dec. 30-31, 1862 & Jan. 1-3, 1863
 
4. 
Ringgold, GA  Sept. 11, 1863
 
5. 
Lee and Gordon's Mills  Sept. 13, 1863
 
6. 
Chicamauga, GA  Sept. 19-20, 1863
 
7. 
Siege of Chattanooga, TN  Sept. 24 - Oct. 26, 1863
 
8. 
Duty at Bridgefort, AL 'till Jan 24, 1864
 
9. 
Battle of Tunnel Hill  May 6, 1864
 
10. 
Buzzard's Roost  May 8-9, 1864
 
11. 
Rockyface Ridge & Dalton, GA  May 8-13, 1864
 
12. 
Battle of Resaca, GA  May 14-15, 1864
 
13-14. 
Adairsville, Kingston, & Cassville, GA  May 18-19, 1864
 
15. 
Advance on Dallas, GA  May 22-25, 1864
 
16-17. 
Battles at Dallas - New Hope Church & Allatoona Hills, GA  May 25 - June 5, 1984
 
18. 
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain  June 9-30, 1864
 
19. 
Nickajack Creek, GA  July 2-5, 1864
 
20. 
Peach Tree, GA  July 20, 1864
 
21. 
Siege of Atlanta, GA  July 22 - Sept. 2, 1864
 
22. 
Jonesboro, GA  Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 1864
 
23. 
Lovejoy Station  Sept. 2-6, 1864
 
24. 
Atlanta, GA  Campaign Sept. 8, 1864
 
25. 
Spring Hill  Nov. 29, 1864
 
26. 
Franklin, TN  Nov. 30, 1864
 
27. 
Nashville, TN  Dec. 15-16, 1864