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Re: Looking for Kingman in Kansas
Posted by: Janett Kingman (ID *****9351) Date: October 16, 2005 at 20:02:36
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Kingman in Kansas by keithkingm of 243

Keith - I've acquired Aunt Merle's scrapbook of newspaper articles. I'm really fascinated with it, have you seen it before? One of them is titled "Death of R.T. Kingman" Rueben T. Kingman b. May 5, 1823; m. May 7, 1843; d. at Carroll, Iowa. It's quite lengthy. Mr. Kingman, who was a veteran of the cival war, came of an old fighting family. His grandfathers were both wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill; his father and two uncles were soldiers in the War of 1812 against England, while departed, a son and two sons-in-law, fought in the civil war, the last three all wounded and drawing pensions. Mr. Kingman enlisted in Co. B., 127th Ill. Vol, at Chicago, Aug. 13, 1862. His regiment raced to join the "Board of Trade" regiment and get a share of the big bounty offered, but was two hours late. That fall their regiment was sent to Memphis and was with Sherman in the first attack on Vicksburg. At Holly springs while guarding some prisoners, he fell into an old well, injuring his left hip so as to leave him lame for the rest of his life. It was at this point that their division was captured and held for several hours by Van Dorn. In the same action a bullet carried away his cap and knocked him down. He remained with Sherman until after Vicksburg fell, and then was sent north to the hospital at Keokuk, Iowa. He rejoined Sherman at Goldsboro in 1863. In spite of his partial disability he insisted in serving his enlistment and took part in the Grand Review, at the close of the war, being then mustered out at Chicago. Janett Kingman

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