|Birth||April 17, 1843|
|Death||Feb. 10, 1932|
|Unit||173rd Ohio Infantry, Company H|
Private Joseph M. Keach
Company H, 173rd Ohio Infantry
Keach was born on April 17, 1843. Keach served with 2 Ohio Regiments during the Civil War. He enlisted as a 20-year old corporal in the 4th Ohio Independent Battalion, Ohio Cavalry on August 1, 1863. He was mustered in on September 21, 1863 and went on to serve about 6 months. He was mustered out on March 12, 1864. He re-entered the military as a private in Company H of the 173rd Ohio Infantry on September 18, 1864. Keach served 9 months with the regiment. He was mustered out on June 26, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.
The 4th Ohio Independent Battalion was organized at Cincinnati between August 3 and September 21, 1863. The unit was established for 6 months and was mustered out between February 15 and March 14, 1864.
The 173rd Ohio Infantry was organized and mustered at Gallipolis, Ohio on September 18, 1864. The unit was involved in the Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864) and guarding prisoners after the battle.
Keach died on February 10, 1932 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Unadilla Cemetery in Unadilla (Otoe County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Chickamauga Post (#194) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Unadilla.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.