|Birth||Sept. 1, 1843|
|Death||May 29, 1934|
|Cemetery||Blue Mound (Milford)|
|Post||Veterans (Falls City)|
|Unit||34th Indiana Infantry, Company C|
Private Thomas C Kelsey
Company C, 34th Indiana Infantry
Kelsey was born on September 1, 1843. He was residing in Markle (Wells County), Indiana when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 21, 1861. He re-enlisted on December 15, 1863. Kelsey served about 4 years and 4 months before his discharge on February 3, 1866. Indiana records indicate that he was absent due to sickness from December 22, 1865 until his discharge in February.
The 34th Indiana Infantry was organized at Anderson, Indiana on September 16, 1861. During Kelsey’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Port Gibson (MS) (May 1, 1863).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 9 killed and 12 wounded.
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Action at Palmetto Ranch (TX) (May 12-13, 1865). The last battle of the Civil War.
Kelsey died on May 29, 1934 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Blue Mound Cemetery in Milford (Seward County), Nebraska. Kelsey was a member of the Veterans Post (#84) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Falls City, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.