Friday, April 18, 2008

Edwin R. Kennedy

Captain, Co. F, 6th Iowa Infantry

He was the son of J. R. Kennedy and was born about 1840 in Indiana, and resided in Osceola, Clarke County Iowa when he enlisted as a private in Company F of the 6th Iowa Infantry on July 1st, 1861 and 16 days later he was mustered in. He was promoved to 3rd Sergeant on January 13, 1862 and then to 1st Sergeant on July 1st of that same year. He was wounded by a shell fragment in his left leg during third charge made by the 6th Iowa Infantry during the battle on Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863. His brother, Liberty H. Kennedy was killed during the same charge having been shot through the heart. He re-enlisted and was mustered in on March 15, 1864 and was promoted to Captain on June 29, 1864. He was mustered out on July 21, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky and returned to Clarke County, Iowa where on May 17, 1866 he was married to Martha E. Webster.

SOURCES: Civil War Soldiers And Sailors System; Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers In the War of the Rebellion, Vol. 1, p. 852; Clarke County Iowa Early Marriages 1852 – 1873, p. 12; Letter From E. H. Kennedy Of The 6th Regiment, The Union Sentinel, 12 DEC 1863; 6th Iowa Infantry: Intelligence from Chattanooga, The Union Sentinel, 12 DEC 1863

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