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J. W. Kimball
J. W. Kimball

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

John White Kimball

(1828 - 1910)
Home State: Massachusetts
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Until the War he helped run his father's scythe factory (Alpheus Kimball & Sons) in Fitchburg, and was Captain of the local militia company. He was appointed Major in the 15th Mass on its organization 1 August 1861, and was made Lt Colonel 29 April 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Colonel of the new 53rd Massachusetts Infantry on 10 November 1862, and commanded that regiment in the Department of the Gulf, and was at the siege of Port Hudson. In the assault of June 14, 1863, he was wounded in the thigh. Malaria compelled him to return home where he served as superintendent of recruiting. He mustered out of the service 2 September 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903;
Crane, Ellery Bicknell, Worcester County, Volume IV, pp. 11-12, New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907, transcribed online by Walter G. Blenderman; and
Roster and Genealogies of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, compiled online by Susan L. Harnwell.

Birth Date: 2/27/1828    Place of Birth: Fitchburg, MA    
Death Date: 7/15/1910    Death Place: Fitchburg, MA    Burial Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA

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