CDV OF C.S. GENERAL FRANK K. GARDNER

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Chest-up view of Gardner in Confederate uniform with kepi on his head. He wears a double-breasted frock with collar insignia. Image is clear with very good contrast. Period ink identification along bottom edge of mount. Photographer’s backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

Franklin Kitchell Gardner (January 29, 1823 – April 29, 1873) was a Confederate major general in the American Civil War, noted for his service at the Siege of Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. Gardner built extensive fortifications at this important garrison, 16,000 strong at its peak. His achievement at holding out for 47 days and inflicting severe losses on the enemy before surrendering has been praised by military historians.

Initially commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry, Gardner was soon reassigned as Captain and Adjutant-General to Brigadier General Early. In March 1862 Gardner was assigned a brigade of cavalry in the Army of Mississippi and served in the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. His brigade being away from the battle, he served as a volunteer aide on the staff of Braxton Bragg. Promoted to brigadier general on April 11, 1862, he was named Chief of Cavalry by General P.G.T. Beauregard and fought in the Battle of Perryville. On December 13, 1862, he was promoted to Major General and assigned command of the fortifications at Port Hudson.

Gardner stayed in a Union prisoner of war camp until he was exchanged in August 1864. He was given command of the District of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana and served under Lieutenant General Richard Taylor. In January 1865 troops under his command opposed Union Brigadier General Grierson's raid against the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. He surrendered with the department, and was paroled at Meridian, Mississippi on May 11, 1865.

After the war, he retired to his family farm in Vermilionville, Louisiana, where he died in 1873 at age fifty. His grave is at the Cemetery of Saint John's Catholic Cathedral in Lafayette, Louisiana.  [jet] [ph:L]

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