Family legend says that my great-great-grandfather was held prisoner at Rock Island during the Civil War. My dad has really wanted me to find documentation of this fact, so it has been on my “Most Wanted” list for some time. Until this week, I had had no luck.
I’ve been slowly assembling facts related to his military service, which ultimately led to the POW record.
Francis served in Company B of the 29th Tennessee Infantry as a private and a sergeant. His CSA service card records his name as “Franklin M. Kendrick” and states the card is also filed under “Francis M. Kindrick.”
Francis was later interviewed for several pension applications for widows and other soldiers in his unit. According to these applications, this company was stationed in Dalton, Georgia in January and February, 1864. A James Ledford, who served with Francis, was captured in Murray County on February 10, 1864.
Then came the breakthrough. I found a database at Ancestry that includes records from a microfilm series called “Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865,” and there he was:
Franklin M. Kindrick, of the 29th Tennessee Infantry, Company B, was captured in Murray County, Georgia on January 21. He was sent to Rock Island on January 31, 1864.
To add even more color to the story, I found another microfilm series called “Compiled Service Records of Former Confederate Soldiers who Served in the 1st Through 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiments, 1864-1866.” According to Footnote, “these ‘Galvanized Yankees’ were Confederate prisoners of war who gained their release from prison by enlisting in the Union Army.”
Francis M. Kindrick enlisted at Rock Island Barracks, Illinois on October 13th, 1864. He spent his time in the Union Army, in the 3rd U. S. Volunteers, Company A, as a stock hand. This company was sent to Fort Kearny, Nebraska, arriving on April 9, 1865. Francis mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on November 29th, 1865.