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Civil War Soldiers - Kenly

Kenly, John R., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1822, was educated in the public schools of Baltimore and admitted to the bar there in 1845. He was a member of the Eagle artillery of Baltimore, in which he rose to the rank of lieutenant, and at the beginning of the Mexican war raised a company of volunteers of which he was chosen captain. He participated with his company in the three days' battle which resulted in the capture of Monterey, and so distinguished himself on this occasion that, on returning to Maryland, he was given a vote of thanks by the state legislature. He then resumed the practice of his profession, and, on June 11, 1861, was commissioned by President Lincoln colonel of volunteers and given command of the 1st Md. regiment. He was actively engaged in the western part of Maryland and in the Virginia valley, 1861-62, and on May 23, 1862, distinguished himself in checking the Confederate advance at Front Royal, being then severely wounded and taken captive. He was exchanged on Aug. 15, and on Aug. 22 was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers for his gallantry and assigned to command all the troops in Baltimore outside the forts. He joined McClellan after the battle of Antietam and rendered conspicuous service at Hagerstown and Harper's Ferry, leading the Maryland brigade at the recapture of Maryland heights. He subsequently held various brigade positions in the 1st and 8th army corps, and at the close of the war, March 13, 1865, he was awarded the brevet of major-general of volunteers, while the state legislature of Maryland extended him a vote of thanks, and the corporation of Baltimore presented him with a sword. After the war Gen. Kenly devoted a considerable part of his time to literature. He died in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 20, 1891.

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

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