William Keiser


BirthAug. 5, 1843
DeathOct. 22, 1931
CemeteryKearney (Kearney)
PostGavitt (Kearney)
Unit17th Ohio Infantry, Company H

Private William Keiser

Company H, 17th Ohio Infantry

Keiser was born on August 5, 1843. He enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 23, 1861. Keiser served 3 years and 10 months. He was discharged on July 16, 1i865.

The 17th Ohio Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Denison, Ohio on August 30, 1861. During Keiser’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863). Regimental losses were 18 killed, 23 wounded, 16 captured, and 4 reported missing in 2 days of fighting.

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Keiser died on October 22, 1931 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney (Buffalo County), Nebraska. Keiser was a member of the Gavitt Post (#299) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Kearney.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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