Frank Metcalf

Frank MetcalfFrank Metcalf was born in Canada and raised in Kentucky, later moving to Carbondale, Illinois. Frank Metcalf was one of the first to support a Confederate regiment from Southern Illinois. Recruiting several other farmers from Jackson County, Metcalf was appointed sergeant of the 15th Tennessee upon its initial formation. Noted for his bravery as a soldier, Metcalf preformed extremely well in the battle of Belmont, and became standard flag-bearer of the regiment after defending the colors under heavy fire at the battle of Shiloh. Despite receiving several wounds that nearly killed him, Metcalf survived the war and wrote memoirs on the Southern Illinois Confederate volunteers. He provides insight to John Logan’s alleged commitment to the southern cause, and held a grudge against Logan until his death. (Ed Gleeson p. 108)