|Birth||April 14, 1845|
|Death||Feb. 28, 1933|
|Unit||51st Indiana Infantry, Company I|
Corporal Jacob B Kitchen
Company I, 51st Indiana Infantry
Kitchen was born on April 14, 1845. He was residing in Fairland (Shelby County), Indiana when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on December 8, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and served 4 years during the War. He was promoted to corporal on November 17, 1864 and was mustered out December 13, 1865 at San Antonio, Texas.
The 51st Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Indianapolis on December 14, 1861. During Kitchen’s enlistment, the regiment was in numerous battles. A partial list includes:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 and January 1-3, 1863).
Battle of Galesville (AL) (May 3, 1863).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Kitchen was wounded on April 3, 1863 at the Battle of Bay’s Gap in Alabama. The severity of the wound and his recovery time was not available. He did rejoin the regiment and finished out the War.
Kitchen’s regiment was captured on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Galesville. The Confederate forces were under the leadership of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The regimental officers were sent to the Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia and the enlisted were eventually returned to the regiment via a prisoner exchange.
Kitchen died on February 28, 1933 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Farnam Cemetery in Farnam (Dawson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the McLane Post (#244) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Farnam. In addition, he was a member of the Mix Post (#66) of the GAR in Humbolt, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.