Andersonville Prison Gavel Identified to John Ferrel, 51st Ohio Infantry - Gavel was made by Prisoner John K. P. Ferrell, of the 51st Ohio Infantry. Accompanied by old tag that reads:
"THIS HAMMER WAS PURCHASED AT THE FLORENCE MEEK ESTATE SALE / HAMMER MADE IN ANDERSONVILLE PRISON BY "CAT FISH JIMMY" FERRELL GIVEN TO TREADWAY AND SOLD AT THE TREADWAY AUCTION".
Head of hammer reads, " JKP Ferrell / Uhrichsville" reverse "Andersonville, GA"
Gavel measures 10 1/4" overall, the head 2 3/4". With soldier history.
John K. P. Ferrell
Residence was not listed; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 9/7/1861 as a Private.
On 9/17/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. OH 51st Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 10/17/1864
Battle of Perryville
Battle of Stones River
Battle of Chickamauga
Siege of Chattanooga
Battle of Lookout Mountain
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
Second Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville
OHIO FIFTY-FIRST INFANTRY (Three Years)
Fifty-first Infantry. - Cols. Stanley Matthews, Richard W. McClain, Charles H. Wood; Lieut.-Col., David W. Marshall; Majs., Nathaniel Hayden, John M. Frew. This regiment was organized at Camp Meigs, near Canal Dover, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12, 1861, to serve for three years. On Nov. 3 it went by rail to Wellsville on the Ohio river and was there placed on transports and taken to Louisville, Ky. It was variously engaged at different points during the first year of its service, but participated in its first actual engagement in the fall of 1862, when the regiment and brigade were sent out on a foraging expedition, and at Dobson's ferry, Tenn., met and defeated Wheeler's Confederate cavalry, who had by some means got in the rear. The regiment lost 13 men wounded 3 of whom subsequently died. The 51st left 32 of its number dead on the field at Stone's river, 105 were wounded and 46 captured. The regiment lay at Murfreesboro until June 24, when it moved on the Tullahoma campaign. At Ringgold, Wheeler's Confederate cavalry was met, defeated and driven to Tunnel Hill. In the battle of Chickamauga the regiment lost 8 men killed, 37 men and 1 officer wounded and 30 captured. It participated in the storming of Lookout mountain and took part in the taking of Rossville gap through Missionary ridge, its loss in these two affairs being 1 killed and 7 wounded. It re-enlisted, was furloughed home and returned in time to enter on the Atlanta campaign. It was engaged at Resaca and at Kennesaw mountain, at the first-named place losing 1 officer and 10 men wounded and 1 killed, and at Kennesaw 2 officers and 10 men killed and 30 wounded. From this time until Atlanta was taken the regiment was almost hourly engaged with the enemy. It fought at Jonesboro and then pursued the enemy to Lovejoy's Station, losing 10 wounded at the latter place. Then followed the battles of Franklin and Nashville, after which the regiment was ordered to Texas, and was there mustered out on Oct. 3, 1865.
Inventory Number: IDE 011