Company C 22nd Infantry
Willie Chestnut was born in Laurel County, Kentucky in 1876.
He enlisted for a period of 3
years as a Private in Company C of the 22nd Infantry on November
at Lexington, Kentucky. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 4 inches tall, had dark brown hair,
blue eyes and a fair complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Farmer.
Private Willie Chestnut died of pernicious malaria at San Isidro, Philippines on February 26, 1900.
In one account he is listed as having served in Company A.
Below is his listing in a report
of deaths in Company C in the Philippines,
prepared by the Company Commander, Captain Henry G. Lyon:
Document courtesy of Matthew Westfall, author of The Devil's Causeway
Willie Chestnut was buried in
the military cemetery at San Isidro, on the island of Luzon.
At some later time his remains were returned to the United States where he was reinterred in
Old Salem Cemetery in Maplesville, Laurel County, Kentucky.
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