Frank Graves(1836 - 1864)
Home State: Michigan
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Michigan Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Niles, he mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the Eighth Infantry in August 1861 at Detroit, then age 26.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the Regiment in place of Colonel William Fenton, but resigned his commission on 27 September.
The remainder of the War:
He was again mustered as Colonel on 1 May 1863 and led the regiment thereafter until he was killed in action at the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. His body was not recovered and may have been buried on the field.
After the War:
A memorial to him is in Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, MI. GAR Frank Graves Post #64 (1882-1910) in Niles, MI was named for him.
More on the Web:
Service data from Michigan in the War.1 His picture here from a portrait painted in 1869, from a daguerrotype, by John Mix Stanly, found in Hassrick & Besaw's Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (2015). The painting is now in the collection of the Universtiry of Arizona Museum of Art, in Tucson. His memorial site is on Findagrave.
|Place of Birth: Niles, MI |
Death Date: 05/06/1864 Death Place: the Wilderness, VA
1 Robertson, John (Adjutant General), Michigan in the War, Lansing: W.S. George & Co., State Printers, 1882, pg. 838 [AotW citation 919]
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