About Brevet Brig. General Isaac M. Kirby (USA)
Isaac Minor Kirby was born February 10, 1835 in Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio to Judge M.H. Kirby, a prominent early resident of Wyandot County.
He raised what became Co. I, 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was the first to sign on its rolls April 20, 1861. He was elected Captain and commissioned to date April 27, 1861. He served with the regiment throughout the 1861 Virginia campaign and returned home to be mustered out August 28, 1861. He immediately set to work and recruited what became Company D of the new 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was commissioned Captain September 12, 1861 and served with the 15th Ohio until shortly after the battle of Shiloh, where Kirby commanded the regiment in the absence of Colonel Moses Dickey and Lieutenant Colonel William T. Wilson. His health shattered by constant exposure in the field, Kirby was compelled to resign his commission on May 2, 1862.
Kirby had been home only two months when the local military committee selected him to command Wyandot County's new company in the forming 101st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Kirby accepted command of Company F and was recommissioned Captain to date July 30, 1862. The regiment shortly thereafter set out for the seat of war in Kentucky, being lightly engaged at the battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862. Kirby was promoted to Major to date October 14, 1862 and led the regiment through the vicious fighting at the battle of Stones River on December 31, 1862. For his gallantry in action (and the deaths of both Colonel Leander Stem and Moses Wooster), Kirby was promoted to Colonel to date December 26, 1862. He led his regiment through the Tullahoma Campaign, particularly distinguishing himself at Liberty Gap. He missed the battle of Chickamauga but rejoined the command the day after the battle.
In the Atlanta campaign of 1864, Kirby was given command of the First Brigade, First Division, 4th Army Corps and led that brigade through the remainder of the war, including battles at Franklin and Nashville. He was wounded five times June 27, 1864 at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. Kirby was given a brevet promotion of Brigadier General to date January 12, 1865 for meritorious services rendered throughout the war. He was mustered out with the 101st Ohio on June 12, 1865.
After the war, Kirby returned to Wyandot County where he was active in local Republican politics and veterans affairs. He died May 30, 1917 in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot Co., Ohio where he is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.