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From W.A. Brand Post No. 98 Grand Army of the Republic Department of Ohio Personal War Sketches of the Members of W.A. Brand Post No. 98 of Urbana, (Ohio)"
Comrade Thomas Fennessy
Who was born the 8th day of April A.D. 1834 in Clonmal County of Tipperary, State of Ireland and came to America, landing in Philadelphia Pa. The 8th day of October, 1847 remaining in vicinity of Phila. About 10 years, coming west and settling in Urbana, Champaign Co. Ohio in autumn of 1857 which he has regarded as home ever since. He first entered the service of his adopted country the 12th day of Jany 1862 at Urbana, O. as a private in Compy B 61st Regt Vol. Inf. Was afterward promoted to a corporalcy and to Ordinance Seargt later. Was detailed as Master of transportation of 3rd division Ammunition train. He was transferred to Company D. 82nd Regt Ohio Vol. Inf. March 31, 1865. Was mustered out of the service at Bridgeport, Ala to re-enlist as a Veteran. And was finally mustered out of the service at Louisville, Ky. the 24 day of July 1865 by reason of close of the war and Order of the War Dept. The first engagement in which he participated was at Freemans Ford, Va. Aug. 23 to 25, 1862; Followed by the 2nd Battle of Bull Run Aug. 30 1862; Chancellorsville, Va. May 1 to 4, 1863, Gettysburgh, Pa. July 1 to 3, 1863. [Wauhatchie], Tenn. Oct. 27, 1863, Lookout Valley, Oct. 28, 1863, Lookout Mtín Nov. 24, 1863, Mission Ridge Nov. 25 to 26; Resaca, Ga. May 13 to 16, 1864; Dallas, Ga. May 25 to June 4, 1864, Seige of Atlanta, Ga. July 22 to Sept 2nd 1864 Shermans March to the Sea. Nov. 15 to Dec. 10, 1864., Seige of Savannah, Ga. Dec. 10 to 21st, 1864. Was in the Carolina Campaynes Jany 27, 1865 to Apl. 26th, 1865. At Averysboro, N.C. March 16, 1865 and at Bentonville, N.C. March 19 to 21, 1865. He was slightly wounded in the left foot at battle of Gettysburgh, Pa. When his horse was shot from under him by the same ball. Was never in hospital and was never captured prisoner.
He names as some of his intimate associates in the service comrades Capt Edmonson; D.M. Maynard, Henry Shope, Jno Hanover, Farrel McCue, Morris Devcort. As incidents in the service remembered by him specially was the hanging of 5 men conorated of being rebel spies on the day of the election held by the regiment for governor of Ohio John Brough and Vallandegham, Candidate.
We certify that Comrade Thomas Fennessy Joined W.A Brand Post No. 98 Department of Ohio August 19, 1886.
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