Corporal Franklin Hogan
Medal of Honor Recipient

Franklin Hogan was born January 7, 1843 in Little York PA. He enlisted in Company A of the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on August 16, 1861. The unit saw action at the battle of South Mountain, Antietam, Jackson (Mississippi), Blue Springs (Tennessee) and the siege of Knoxville. In January 1864 it took the field in the Wilderness Campaign, being engaged at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, the North Anna River, and Cold Harbor. The 45th PA joined in the Siege of Petersburg. In the assault on June 18, the 1st Brigade was in the advance. At the attack on the Weldon Railroad, the explosion of the mine and the battle at Poplar Spring Church the conduct of the 45th was reported as heroic.

Corporal Frank Hogan was awarded the Medal of Honor for the capture of the flag of the 6th Virginia in the action at the Battle of the Crater.

After Lee's surrender, the 45th Pennsylvania marched in the Grand Review down the streets of Washington. During the course of the war, the 45th PA lost 12 officers and 214 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 252 enlisted died of disease or accident.

Being discharged in 1865, Frank Hogan worked at iron works in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois. In 1879 he moved (with his growing family) to Ellsworth, Kansas, to try farming. Farming did not work out so the Hogan family moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, where Frank worked for the Kansas Salt Company and then returned to old experiences, working on the Hutchinson street railways. He died after a brief illness April 5, 1932 at age 89.

As a common man, a farmer, a worker, a family man, and a hero, it is now time for his voice to be heard.

Franklin Hogan
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