Henry George Keiser(1840 - 1933)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A 20 year old printer and apprentice in a newspaper office, he enlisted in Company F, 10th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3-months service on 26 April 1861, and was appointed 4th Sergeant. He mustered out 31 July. On 23 September 1861 he again enlisted, at Lykens, in Company G, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal the same date. The muster roll described him as 5' 3" tall with black eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion.
In the Antietam Campaign:
In his diary, Henry wrote:
Sunday, September 14, 1862.
The remainder of the War:
He reenlisted on 15 February 1864 and was promoted to Sergeant on 11 May 1864. He transferred to Company G, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry on 18 October 1864, was appointed First Sergeant on 15 May 1865, and mustered out with his Company on 17 July 1865.
After the War:
He was employed as supply clerk for the local coal company for at least 30 years. He was a school director in Wiconisco and Lykens for 10 years, and assesor in Lykens for 16.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Bates1 and his Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' card. Quotes above from his Diary were transcribed online by Jake Wynn. His photograph from one owned by a descendent, brought to light by Dr. Norman Gasbarro, and posted online by Jake Wynn. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of an obituary.
|Birth Date: 10/26/1840 Place of Birth: Gratz, PA |
Death Date: 03/15/1933 Death Place: Lykens, PA Burial Place: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lykens, PA
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry [AotW citation 15387]
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