John A Kunkle

BirthDec. 3, 1841
DeathDec. 24, 1926
CemeteryMccain (Gandy)
PostDoan (Gandy)
Unit16th Illinois Infantry, Company G

Private John A Kunkle

Company G, 16th Illinois Infantry

Kunkel (also spelled Kunkle) has born in Hesse, Germany on December 3, 1841. He was living in Quincy (Adams County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on May 24, 1861. He re-enlisted on December 23, 1861 and served a total of 49 months. He was mustered out on July 8, 1865.

The 16th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Quincy, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Cannon’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

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

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

Operations in Georgia and Alabama against Confederate Generals Forest and Hood (September 29-November 3, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

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

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Kunkle died on December 24, 1926 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the McCain Cemetery in Stapleton (Logan County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Doan Post (#226) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Gandy, Nebraska.

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