|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1863|
Lieutenant Colonel Solomon Kempton enlisted to serve in the Union Army on April 23rd, 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant. On May 15th, 1861 he was commissioned into Company B, 12th Indiana Infantry. He mustered out in Washington, D.C. On August 17th, 1862 he enlisted in the (3 year) 12th Indiana Infantry as a major and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on November 17th, 1862. Due to ill health Kempton resigned on July 1, 1863. He returned home to Indiana and died in the home of his brother in Indinapolis. The following obituary gives more detail.
Hancock County Newspaper 23 Oct 1863
"Died at Indianapolis on Thursday, 15 Oct 1863, Lieut. Col. Sol. D. Kempton, of Walpole, Hancock County, aged 34 years. Only a few weeks ago, Col. K. was here (Greenfield) in apparent good health, elastic and buoyant, and with indications of a healthful life. He then vowed his intention of locating in this place and practicing his profession of medicine. We were gratified at the prospect of soon claiming him as a citizen.
"But truly, ‘in the midst of life is death.' Col. K. in this life, was guided by a high principle which never shrunk from danger, He was a true friend, a kind neighbor, a genial companion. His body had returned to mother earth ye let not, "The good be interred with the bones." He sacrificed the comforts of home and a lucrative practice to fight for his country's honor and the unity of the States. During his last illness, he declared his faith in the Christian system, and received its consolations, and we may well trust that his disembodies spirit, though it has passed away from earth, has found a happy and eternal home amid brighter climes."
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Lot 201, Section 16
Created by: Eric Lowman
Record added: Mar 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18258185
LEST WE FORGET GAR post#228 in Fortville,IN was named after him|
Added: Feb. 24, 2014
Added: May. 12, 2009
Thank you Lt. Col. Kempton for your service and sacrifice during the Civil War.|
Added: Mar. 6, 2007