Samuel Lora Kennedy (1844 - 1917)

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Place of Burial: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Birthplace: PA, USA
Death: Died in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, USA
Cause of death: Artereo Sclerosis and heart disease, with praralysis
Occupation: Gardener
Managed by: John H. Nye
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About Samuel Lora Kennedy

The death of Mr. Kennedy takes from the community one of the real veterans of the Civil War, a veteran who had had a remarkable record as a soldier for the Union during the civil strife of the early sixties. Mr. Kennedy was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1844 and came to Iowa in 1860. He enlisted in the Union army in 1863. He re-enlisted on January 5, 1864. He was severely wounded in the head July 16, 1864, at Tupelo, Miss. He was promoted to corporal, March 1, 1865, and was mustered out of service January 20, 1866, at Memphis, Tenn. He came to Cedar Rapids in 1879 and has made this city his home until his death. he was a charter member of T.Z. Cook Post 235 G.A.R. He was also a member of the Bethany Congregational church for several years.

The Cedar Rapids Republican Fri., Nov. 16, 1917, p. 6, col. 3

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Samuel Kennedy's Timeline

May 4, 1844

Later records show Samuel was born in 1844, but according to the 1850 census he was eight years old, which would make him born in 1842.

September 19, 1850
Age 6
North Beaver, Lawrence, PA, USA
February 17, 1863
Age 18
Maquoketa, IA, USA

He enlisted.

January 5, 1864
Age 19
July 14, 1864
Age 20
Tupelo, MS, USA

Samuel was badly wounded with injuries to left hand and left leg at Tupelo, MS July 14, 1864

March 1, 1865
Age 20
January 20, 1866
Age 21
Memphis, TN, USA

Discharged because it was the end of the war as a Corporal from Company I, 12th Infantry (Iowa).

February 28, 1867
Age 22
Jackson, IA, United States
August 2, 1870
Age 26
Morse Station, Johnson, IA, USA
November 9, 1871
Age 27
Morse, Johnson Co. IA