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William C. Kerr (6/4/1840 - 11/4/1941)

William C. Kerr, Edinburg, Indiana, died November 4, 1941, at age 101, the last Civil War veteran in Johnson County. Born June 4, 1840, near Campbellsville, Ky., he enlisted in 1862 in the 27 Kentucky Volunteer Regiment and served through the war.

The above information was submitted by Mike Beck.

Special thanks to Bob Alloway and Brad Manzenberger who submitted the obituary, pictures, and military information below about William Kerr.

William C. Kerr is buried in the Hamner Cemetery, Johnson County, Blue River Township.  The Hamner Cemetery is near Amity just off of US 31.

Obituary of William C. Kerr

Source: Indianapolis Star, November 5, 1941


William C. Kerr, 101, Last Johnson County Civil War Veteran

Edinburg, Ind., Nov. 4 - (Special) - William C. Kerr, 101 years old, Edinburg's oldest citizen and the last Civil War veteran in Johnson county, is dead at his home here after a long illness.

He enlisted when he was 19 years old in a Kentucky infantry regiment and served throughout the war.  He was born in Taylor county, Kentucky, and had been a resident of Indiana 50 years.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Alice Harrison, with whom he lived; two sons, five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.


William Kerr's Military Record

Enlistment Date: 12 October 1861 
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE 
Side Served: Union 
State Served: Kentucky 
Service Record: 
Enlisted as a Private on 12 October 1861
Enlisted in Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 21 March 1862
Absent, without leave on 08 October 1862
Returned on 15 March 1863
Sentenced on 15 April 1863 (Estimated date, sentence not received)
Transferred Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 01 June 1865 
Transfered in Company C, 39th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 01 June 1865
Mustered out Company C, 39th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 15 September 1865 in Louisville, KY

Source Information:
Historical Data Systems, comp. Military Records of Individual Civil War Soldiers. [database online] Provo, UT:, 1999-. Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA from the following list of works. 
Copyright 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 - Historical Data Systems Inc.P.O. Box 196 Kingston, MA 02364

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