My ancestor, Franklin C Nichols, served in the 1st Texas Infantry. He participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Upon the retreat of the 1st Texas, he was either captured or "deserted to the enemy" from his unit near Hagerstown, MD (according to muster rolls). Since the muster rolls only provide this information, now I want to learn what actually happened to him. If he was captured, what did the Union troops do with him? Where did he go? If imprisoned, where, and did he survive? If he "joined" a Union unit - which one? Oddly, he was born in Connecticut and was living in Texas in 1860. He was single and living alone. Most likely he was conscripted into service. Please note that the Franklin Nichols found living in CT in 1870 is not the same person - he comes from a different family, not mine.
As always - any help or advice greatly appreciated.