|Birth||Feb. 23, 1839|
|Death||Aug. 4, 1928|
|Unit||65th Illinois Infantry, Company K|
Private Edrick H Keeney
Company K, 65th Illinois Infantry
Keeney was born in Elgin, Illinois on February 23, 1839. He was residing in Elgin when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on May 15, 1862. Keeney served 3 years and was mustered out of the regiment on May 15, 1865.
The 65th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas, Illinois on May 1, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the Siege of Harper’s Ferry (VA) (September 12-15, 1862). The unit was captured on September 15, 1862 and was paroled on September 16, 1862. The regiment was sent to Annapolis, Maryland and then to Chicago. It was declared exchanged and ordered to Kentucky in June 1863. For the remainder of the War, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (June 4-September 8, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Capture of Wilmington (NC) (February 22, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Keeney died on August 4, 1928 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Cowles Cemetery in Cowles (Webster County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Kaley Post (#211) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Cowles.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.