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Civil War Soldiers - Keim

Keim, William H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born near Reading, Pa., June 25, 1813. He was educated at Mt. Airy military academy, Pa., was mayor of Reading in 1848, was elected to Congress as a Democrat to fill a vacancy and served in 1858-59, and then became surveyor-general of the state. In 1861 he was commissioned major-general of the Pennsylvania militia, and, as second in command to Gen. Patterson, marched with that general into Virginia, where they served three months. In the fall of 1861 he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, and, joining the army under McClellan, commanded a Pennsylvania brigade in the advance upon Richmond. He contracted camp fever on the Peninsula and died in Harrisburg, Pa., May 18, 1862.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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