County Limerick, Ireland
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1864|
Captain Co F 85th Illinois
Residence PEKIN, TAZEWELL CO, IL Age 28 Height 5' 7 1/2 Hair LIGHT Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation BOATMAN
Nativity TIPPERARY, LIMERICK, IRELAND
Joined JUN 4, 1862 TAZEWELL CO, IL
Joined By JOHN KENNEDY Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 PEORIA, IL
KILLED IN ACTION JUL 19, 1864 AT PEACH TREE CREEK GA
CAPTAIN JOHN KENNEDY was born in Tipperary, County Limerick, Ireland, emigrated to Illinois, and was a boatman on the Illinois river, residing at Pekin, in Tazewell county, when he recruited the company. None questioned his ability to commend, and at the organization of the company he was elected captain. As an officer he was brave and enterprising, and led his company with more than usual skill. He was slightly wounded in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, but refused to leave his command. A few days later, at the battle of Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 19, 1864, he was killed instantly by a shot which passed through his head. And so he died, with his face to the foe, defending the flag of his adopted country, beloved and regretted by his associates of whatever rank. His remains are buried at No. 8832, in the hallowed ground of the national cemetery at Marietta, Ga.
Company F was enrolled by John Kennedy at Pekin, Tazewell county, between June 15th and 21st, 1862, in anticipation of a call for additional troops. This was almost a month earlier that the enrollment of any other company in the Eighty-fifth. Unfortunately the enlistment roll of this company does not always definitely fix the birth-place of the men. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: John Kennedy, captain; Robert A. Bowman, first lieutenant, and Richard W. Tenney, second lieutenant.
During the three years' service 25 of the company were struck by bullets or shell in battle, 9 of whom were killed, 7 died of wounds and 9 recovered, 4 were accidentally killed, 10 died of disease, 23, were discharged, 4 were transferred and at the final muster out there were but 30 present.
The company was always bravely commanded, and never failed to do its full duty toward the preservation of the nation's integrity.
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 420 - 432
CAPT US ARMY
DATE OF DEATH: 06/19/1864 <<< should be 07/19/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION G SITE 8332
Original number of grave plot: 'DD'
Marietta National Cemetery
Plot: G 8332
Created by: Janet
Record added: Sep 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29788623
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Added: Dec. 5, 2010