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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 Antietam

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 rest 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 & 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.


2/27/1828; Fitchburg, MA


7/15/1910; Fitchburg, MA; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA