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C. Kempthorne

C. Kempthorne

Federal (USV)


Charles Kempthorne

(1840 - 1904)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Benton, he enlisted in Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 26 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on 1 July 1863, and mustered out at the expiration of his term on 29 June 1864.

After the War

He married 18 September 1867 in Benton, WI and in 1868 he was living in Franklin County, IA. He was probably there through at least 1890. He remarried in 1903 in Cerro Gordo County, IA.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. Details from family genealogists. Both of his wives were also born in Cornwall. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from one provided by Scott Hann. Charles' great-grandson is Dirk Kempthorne (b. 1951) - Mayor of Boise (1886-93), US Senator (1993-99), Governor of Idaho (1999-2006), and US Secretary of the Interior (2006-2009).


06/14/1840; Constantine, Cornwall, ENGLAND


05/27/1904; Sioux Falls, SD; burial in Hampton Cemetery, Hampton, IA


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 437 - 440  [AotW citation 15849]