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Federal (USV)


Thomas Kerr

(1829 - ?)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He had enlisted at age 17 in the Second Pennsylvania Volunteers and saw service in the War with Mexico (1847-48). From Milwaukee, he enlisted in Company D, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on 1 July 1863 as Corporal. He was promoted to Sergeant.

On the Campaign

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 13 September 1862. He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Appointed Captain on 1 July 1863 and Major on 19 October 1864. The OR shows him as Lieutenant Colonel (probably dating from 16 December 1864) and commanding the Regiment at Appomattox Court House in April 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Wisconsin1. His prior service from Wisconsin in the War with Mexico , a paper by Henry W. Blyer in the archives of the Old Settlers' Club of Milwaukee County (pub. 1916).


1829 in IRELAND


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 508 - 509  [AotW citation 10325]