Francis M. Briscoe was born in Harrison Co., Ind., March 20, 1838, and took up his residence in this county in 1869. His parents, both deceased, were John and Nancy (Lincoln) Briscoe. His wife, whom he married April, 1865, in Crawford county, Ind., was Sarah M. Totton who was born in that county, in 1847. She was the daughter of Joseph Totton who is still living, and Betsy (Austin) now deceased. The record of their children is as follows: George A., William, Joseph O., Ida deceased, Emma A., Iva R., Charles F., Florence deceased, Daisey and Henry B. Comrade Briscoe was 22 years old and was employed in farming when he decided to enlist in defence of his country, December, 1861; he was enrolled at Valine, in Co. F, 59th Ind. V.I., as a private. This Regt., was assigned to 4th Brig., 2nd Div., 15th A.C. He was promoted to Corp., and served in the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, the Carolinas and Grand Review at Washington, D.C. In the fall of 1861 he was cared for in hospital at Paducah, for fever and paralysis until December, 1863. February, 1862, he was given a sick furlough of eight days, this was extended twenty days and he returned to New Madrid. He was honorably discharged in Dec., 1863, to re-enlist in same command as a veteran. In 1864 he was detailed as guard to Gen. McPherson about two months at Huntsville. He was granted his final honorable discharge August, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. His brother, Anthony, served in Co. F, 59th Ind. V.I. and was wounded at Vicksburg. Comrade Briscoe is engaged in farming and his address is Greenville, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike