William T Kirk

BirthNov. 30, 1845
DeathJan. 21, 1933
CemeteryPlainview (Plainview)
PostIrwin (Creighton)
Unit16th Kentucky Infantry, Company G

Corporal William T Kirk

Company G, 16th Kentucky Infantry

Kirk was born on November 30, 1845. He enlisted in the regiment as a corporal on October 28, 1861 at Camp Lee, Kentucky. Kirk was mustered on December 19, 1861 and served 3 years and 7 months. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and was discharged on July 15, 1865 at Company Shops, North Carolina.

The 16th Kentucky Infantry was organized at Camp Kenton, Kentucky in the fall of 1861 and mustered on January 27, 1862. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May-September 1864).

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

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

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

Battle of Jonesboro (GA) (August 31-September 1, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (March 1-April 26, 1865).

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

Kirk died on January 21, 1933 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Plainview Memorial Cemetery in Plainview (Pierce County), Nebraska. Kirk was a member of the Irwin Post (#70) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Creighton, Nebraska.

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