John Plunkett

BirthMay 1, 1839
DeathMarch 21, 1923
CemeteryHarrison (Harrison)
PostRusk (Harrison)
Unit4th Michigan Cavalry, Company G

Private John Plunkett

Company G, 4th Michigan Cavalry

Plunkett was born in Ireland on May 1, 1939. He was residing in Hillsdale County, Michigan when he enlisted in the regiment on August 9, 1862 at Quincy, Michigan. Plunkett was mustered on August 28, 1862. He served about 34 months and was mustered out on July 1, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The 4th Michigan Cavalry was organized and mustered in Detroit on August 28, 1862. During Chase’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (August 1-16, 1864).

A detachment of the 4th Michigan Cavalry participated in the pursuit and capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis was captured at Irwinsville, Georgia on May 10, 1865.

Plunkett died on March 21, 1923 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Harrison Cemetery in Harrison (Sioux County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and one of the last members of the Rusk Post (#344) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Harrison.

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