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Pvt Jacob C. Brenner
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1839
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1919
Riley County
Kansas, USA

Pvt. Jacob Brenner, 93 Illinois Infantry, Company D

Jacob Brenner was born in Columbia, Lancaster, PA 26 Sep 1839 and died 26 Aug 1919 in Manhattan, KS. He was a son of Adam and Suzanne (Yordy) Brenner. He was married in 1874 to Charlotte Smith in Porterville, Bourbon, KS born 29 Dec 1849 at Nelsonville, OH and died 31 Dec 1915 in Manhattan, KS. Both are buried there.

They had five children Viva b. 20 Apr 1875, d 28 Jun 1964 m Frank Morrison, Herschel Tice b 5 Feb 1878, d 29 Jan 1960 m Maud Ellen Eastham, George Kelly b 3 Nov 1879, d 31 Oct 1932, m Eltie Hoff, Eva Hope b. 03 Apr 1883 d 13 May 1884 and Flora Edna b 21 Jul 1886, d 10 Apr 1988 m M J Snyder

Jacob Brenner's parents moved from Columbia, Lancaster, PA in 1852. That trip was made over the Pennsylvania RR across the mountains to Blairstown, then by canal boat to Pittsburgh, then steamboat to Savannah, IL and the last 35 miles by wagon. Jacob attended a district school at Freeport for two years. He was in the class with Charles J. Guiteau who assassinated President Garfield in 1881.

In 1862 Jacob enlisted in Co. D 93rd IL Infantry and served until the end of the Civil War. During that time he served with Grant in the MS campaign. During those engagements, Jacob was wounded, losing three fingers. Incapacitated for actual service in the field by the loss of the greater part of one hand, he served as nurse in a military hospital in Chicago until the close of the war.

Brenner was with Grant in the Mississippi campaign, wading swamps, lying on logs, and at times, on the dead bodies of his comrades, as at Lake Providence in the expedition which Grant was directing against Vicksburg. He was a member of the unsuccessful Tallahatchie effort to reach Haines Bluff and thus attack Vicksburg from the north and east. Failing in that attempt Grant as you recall, moved down the river past the Confederate batteries, and south of Vicksburg gained a solid footing on the east side of the river.

Then began an expedition which for sublime audacity and sheer military adventure has scarcely an equal in the annals of warfare. With three corps led by Sherman, McPherson and McClernand respectively Grant cut loose from his base on supplies, marched toward Jackson and captured that city, defeating Johnston and scattering his forces eastward. He then turned about and faced Pemberton to whom the defense of Vicksburg had been entrusted. Pvt. Brenner was in that brilliant and remarkable campaign evidently under McPherson as he participated in the battle in which Jackson was taken by the Federal troops. On the way to Vicksburg Grant encountered Pemberton in force at Champion's Hill. The brunt of the battle fell on McPherson's corps and one division of McClernand's. After eight hours of most stubborn fighting the Confederate army was driven from the field and hastily retired toward the defenses of the city. It was in this attack that Mr. Brenner was wounded, losing three fingers of his hand by a musket ball, which but for his gun, would have penetrated his body.

Brenner headed West in 1869 and took a claim on the Cherokee neutral land in Bourbon County near Fort Scott, Kansas where he made his home for 31 years. He was elected to the state legislature in 1872. In 1892 he was commissioned as a US Timber Agent. The family moved to Manhattan, KS circa 1900 and settled in the College Hill community to take advantage of KSAC.

Bio prepared by Diane Norcross Long, his great granddaughter, for the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 1865, Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Santa Barbara, CA of which I am a member. Most of the facts came from a Sketch of Jacob Brenner belonging to my mother, Viva Verneice Brenner Norcross.

Obituary for Jacob Brenner, Manhattan (KS) Tribune, 28 Aug 1919.

Jacob Brenner Dead - Old Patriot Passes on to His Reward. Funeral this Morning at M.E. Church. - Jacob Brenner, soldier, patriot, lawmaker, Christian, died yesterday morning at his home on Bluemont. Funeral services were held today at ten at the Methodist Church. Mr. Brenner is one of the Kansas pioneers who helped write the proud history of the state. He served in an Illinois regiment during the Civil war and lost part of one hand in battle. Following the war, maimed as he was, he came to Kansas and settled on a farm in Bourbon county, Kansas. He took an eager and active part in the politics of those days and in the Seventies he was sent to the state legislature by the Republican party. He took an active and leading part in the work of bringing the prohibition amendment before the people for their adoption. He also wrote the first woman suffrage platform that was adopted by the republican party convention. He was an ardent and powerful supporter of John P. St. John and did much to help make him governor of Kansas. After he was out of the legislature he became a county commissioner for Bourbon county and under his direction the county built a magnificent court house. He served for several terms as commissioner. About the beginning of the new century Mr. Brenner came to Manhattan and bought a farm on College Hill. He came here because of the Agricultural College, whose friend he had been in the days when it was necessary to have friends in the legislature. Mr. Brenner retained his interest in politics after coming here and was always in the fore front of the fight. Mr. Brenner had two passions, his country and his church. He has been a lifelong Methodist and has been a fighting one at that--the kind of a Methodist on whom the pastor could depend for support in time of trial. The Tribune mourns the loss of a friend in the death of Mr. Brenner. Mrs. Brenner died some years ago. Four children survive: Mrs. Viva Morrison of K.S.A.C., Manhattan, H. T. Brenner of Waterville, G. K. Brenner, Manhattan, and Mrs. Edna Snyder, Chicago.

Census Records:
1860 Cherry Grove Twp., Carroll, IL living at home
1862 13 Oct he enlisted at Freeport, IL in Co. D 93rd Reg. of Illinois Volunteers to serve 3 years or during the war.
1870 Osage Twp., Bourbon, KS Jacob age 29
1875 Walnut, Bourbon, KS Jacob 33 farmer ($2,000 real estate - $400 personal) C.A. 25 teacher, Saccharissa Smith 23 teacher, V.M. Brenner (0)
1878 Jacob owned property in Mapleton; Fulton; Uniontown, Bourbon, Kansas
1880 Walnut, Bourbon, KS Jacob farmer, Charlotte, Viva, Herschel, George, Saccharissa Smith, Nancy Smith
1883 Hepler, Crawford Co., KS Jacob Brenner
1885 Walnut, Bourbon, KS Jacob 42, C.A. 35, V. M. 10, H. Tice 7., George. K. 5, Montez Smith 27 & Cadmus Smith (male) 22
1895 Walnut, Bourbon, KS Jacob 53, C. A. 46, V. M. 19, H. T 17., G. K. 15, Edna 8 (Jacob 93rd Il Inf. Co. D)
In 1900 he lived in Walnut Twp. Porterville, Bourbon, KS. Porterville was 28 miles sw of Fort Scott. Jacob was on the school board and H. Tice and George K. Brenner listed as residents. (From Footprints of Bourbon Co., KS)
1900 Walnut, Bourbon, KS Jacob 58 farmer, Charlotte 51 (5 children - 4 alive) Herschel 23, Viva 24 , Geo. K 20, Edna 13 & Stuart Young 13 (listed as orphan). Jasper Young lived next door - Nancy's husband
1905 Manhattan, Riley, KS Jacob 63, Charlotte 55, G. K. 24 machinist, Edna 18 & Stuart 18 students. Stuart's father J. L. Young lived nearby
1910 Manhattan, Riley, KS Jacob 70, Charlotte 60, Edna 23 a teacher (H. T. & fam. nearby) (G.K., Eltie & Raymond Ward 4)
1915 Manhattan, Riley, KS Jacob 74 , Charlotte 64 & Rissa Aker 62 (Viva, Frank & Hope next door).

Jacob Brenner was a member of the Lew Gove Post GAR and the Masonic order the Woodmen.

Family links: 
  Adam Brenner (1805 - 1870)
  Susannah Yordy Brenner (1808 - 1890)
  Charlotte Angeline Smith Brenner (1849 - 1915)
  George Kelly Brenner (1879 - 1932)*
  Eva Hope Brenner (1883 - 1884)*
  Flora Edna Brenner Snyder (1886 - 1988)*
  Susan A. Brenner Gemmill (1829 - 1919)*
  Henry Brenner (1832 - 1915)*
  Benjamin Brenner (1833 - 1864)*
  Adam Brenner (1835 - 1913)*
  Anna Brenner Helder (1837 - 1870)*
  Jacob C. Brenner (1839 - 1919)
  Catherine/Katherine M. Brenner Lyon (1841 - 1928)*
  Daniel Taylor Brenner (1843 - 1921)*
  David T. Brenner (1845 - 1922)*
  Mary Elizabeth Brenner Goss (1850 - 1896)*
  John Wesley Brenner (1852 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Cemetery
Riley County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: Diane Norcross Long
Originally Created by: Kim Kerr
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
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Pvt Jacob C. Brenner
Added by: John & Gene Sharp
Pvt Jacob C. Brenner
Added by: Diane Norcross Long
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- Roxie
 Added: Jun. 21, 2015
Rest in Peace great grandfather....
- Diane Norcross Long
 Added: Dec. 1, 2012
Rest in Peace
- John & Gene Sharp
 Added: Jul. 27, 2012
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