South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1863|
JOHN KEELS (JOHN3, DANIEL2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1831 in Sumter County, South Carolina1, and died 04 Jul 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He married ELIZABETH SEARCY 06 Apr 1859 in Henry County, Alabama ( Early Alabama Marriages )2, daughter of WILLIAM SEARCY and REBECCA ELMORE. She was born Sep 1835 in Georgia, and died Abt. 1906 in Blue Springs, Barbour, Alabama.
An act passed during the 1869-70 session of the General Assembly provided funds for the removal of Confederate remains from Arlington and Gettysburg and their reinterment in Hollywood Cemetery. http://dburgin.tripod.com/divided.html
Private John Keels, 15th Alabama Infantry
During the July 2 fighting on the southeastern spur of Little Round Top, Colonel William C. Oates gave a graphic description of the wounding of one of the men in his regiment when the order to retreat was given.
When the signal was given we ran like a heard of wild cattle, right through the line of Union dismounted cavalrymen. Some of the men as they ran through seized three of the cavalryman by the collar and carried them out prisoners. As we ran, a man named Keils, of Company H, from Henry County, who was to my right and rear had his throat cut by a bullet, and he ran past me breathing at his throat and the blood spattering. His windpipe was entirely severed, but notwithstanding he crossed the mountain (Big Round Top) and died in the field hospital that night or the next morning. He was buried in the orchard of the Plank farm and was removed to Richmond and Hollywood Cemetery
Plot: Gettysburg Hill
Created by: Southerngal
Record added: Jan 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23873813
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