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Civil War soldier recognized
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Leader photos by NANCY BERGERON - Donald Kimbell, of Ruston, left, chaplain of the Louisiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, conducts a marker dedication for Civil War Pvt. Isom Franklin during the recent Franklin family reunion. The flag on the ground covering the marker is the banner of the 35th North Carolina Regiment, of which Franklin was a member. Franklin is buried in Mineral Springs Cemetery.

On Oct. 15, 1861, 21-year-old Isom Franklin enlisted in the 35th North Carolina Regiment, Infantry Company K. By Jan. 1862, the unit was transferred to the Confederate Service, joining the ranks of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Pvt. Franklin survived the war — he saw action all four years — and moved his family to North Louisiana around 1889, settling in the Mineral Springs Community of a relatively new place called Lincoln Parish. He died in 1910 of pneumonia at age 70.

His simple tombstone lists only his date of birth and date of death.

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