1863 Cheatham's Division, Polks Corps, Army of Tennessee CSA Promotion Order No. 15.
Manuscript document listing the names of seven officers who passed examination for Field Grade positions, Lt. Colonel and Colonel. Click on the image below for a transcription of the document as well as biographies of those being promoted.
One Colonel was wounded at the Battle of Franklin! In good condition as shown, mounting remanent along left edge back, affecting nothing.
Signed by Major John Ingram, who was severely wounded at both Missionary Ridge and the Battle of Franklin. See below for a information I found on Ingram, it appears he was quite a brave man.
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Cheatham's division took position on Missionary Ridge to the left of the road which led down to the right of our fortifications. It was moved to the right and again, under orders, to the left, where it was subjected to a fire of the enemy's artillery and sharpshooters. General Walthall, in his report of the battle, says: "My position was not attacked in front; but about 4 o'clock, when the lines had been forced and broken on the left (of Cheatham), and after the enemy had reached the top of the ridge, the major-general commanding directed me to form my line across the ridge at right angles to the position I then occupied. This change was made under a brisk fire of the enemy, who advanced upon me along the crest of the ridge. The fire was kept up until after dark, but the position was held, the enemy not approaching nearer than 20o yards." General Cheatham considered this action of Walthall's one of the most brilliant of the war, and his report of it excessively modest. The change of position under fire and the repulse of the enemy's repeated assaults were a distinction to the brigade commander and to his veteran troops. If he had yielded, an army corps would have poured down upon Cleburne's left and overwhelmed him. In this combat General Walthall and Maj. John Ingram, of General Cheatham's staff, were seriously wounded; Adjt. John W. Campbell, Twentyninth Mississippi, was mortally wounded, and the brigade sustained a loss of 28 wounded. Moore's brigade was on the left of Walthall and the right of Jackson's two brigades, where the enemy made a great effort to drive them from their position, but failed signally.
Battle of Franklin- Majs. John Ingram and Thomas F. Henry and Capt. M. B. Pilcher of the division staff were severely wounded;
This order was executed with that officer's usual promptness. In the meantime orders were received from Major-General Stevenson, through Major Ingram, of the staff of Brigadier-General Commanding, to hold the line then occupied till reinforcements should arrive, when an advance would be made, and the forces on the mountain would co-operate; and from Brigadier-General Commanding, through a scial degree, signalized their action on this occasion. The latter officer was not with his regiment during the engagement west of the mountain, having been previously assigned to duty on the picket line, where he rendered me important aid. Major John Ingram, Assistant Adjutant-General to Brigadier-General Commanding, was with me during most of the afternoon, and I am pleased here to signify my high appreciation of his gallantry, and the valuable assistance I received at his hands
The conduct of the officers and men of the Sixth Tennessee Regiment came under my immediate notice, and much praise is due to them generally for their conduct on that trying occasion.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jones and Captain John Ingram were conspicuous for their gallantry, and Major George C. Porter and Lieutenant R. C. Williamson, the adjutant of the regiment, exhibited much courage upon the field.