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E.S. Kelley

E.S. Kelley

Federal (USV)


Elisha Seeley Kelley

(1826 - 1871)

Home State: Illinois

Education: Norwich University

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry

Before Antietam

After 3 years at Norwich (1851-54) he taught school in Rutland, VT. In June 1855 he moved to Danby (now Glen Ellyn), IL and taught there. He helped recruit and was then commissioned Captain of Company E, 8th Illinois Cavalry on 18 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by pistol shot through his right lung in action at Boonsboro, MD on 15 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was nursed by a "good Union family" in Maryland, then returned to his "old home" in Vermont. He was promoted to Major to date from 5 December 1862 and returned to duty, but was not completely healed and was unable to continue in field service. He resigned on 23 May 1863.

After the War

He returned to Illinois and formed a land company which set up mills and "manufactories" in White County, Arkansas. He died there of malaria on 22 August 1871.

References & notes

Basic information from the Adjutant General1. Details from a bio sketch in Norwich University,2 source also of his picture. Thanks to Jim Buchanan for the pointer to Kelley.


06/17/1826; Rutland, VT


08/22/1871; Prospect Bluff, AR


1   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. 8, pp. 105, 121  [AotW citation 21815]

2   Ellis, William Arba, compiler and editor, and MGen. Grenville Mellen Dodge, publisher, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, 3 Volumes, Montpelier: The Capital City Press, 1911, Vol. 2, pp. 545-546  [AotW citation 21816]