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Federal (USV)


Alfred Austin Keck

(1837 - 1910)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 27 year old farmer in Martin County, he mustered as Private, Company B, 15th Indiana Infantry on 14 June 1861, but was mustered out for disability on 23 September 1861. He enlisted again and mustered as Private, Company I, 27th Indiana Infantry on 1 September 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD to 30 September, thenn transferred to Philadelphia. He returned to duty in December 1862. He was wounded again, in the left arm in action near Atlanta, GA on 4 August 1864. He was transferred to Company H, 70th Indiana Infantry on 4 November 1864 and was discharged for wounds on 3 March 1865.

After the War

He farmed in Indiana to 1882, when he moved to Woodson County, KS where he also farmed, specializing in raising sheep. He was Sheriff for two terms from 1887, and was postmaster of Keck, KS - the town named for him - from 1894 to at least 1901. He had 11 children with his wife Martha Jane McCarter (1838-1942) and died while summering in Moore, OK with daughter Hester Ann (Smith) and her family.

References & notes

Service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Antietam wound and hospital detail from the Patient List.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of details, from his obituary in the Yates Center News of 25 February 1910 and a History of Allen and Woodson Counties (1901).


03/02/1837; Madison, Daviess County, IN


02/18/1910; Moore, OK; burial in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, KS


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 620  [AotW citation 18795]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.573  [AotW citation 18796]