Company B 22nd Infantry
Edward Kennedy was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1852.
He enlisted for a period of 5
years as a Private in Company B of the 22nd Infantry on October
at Boston, Massachusetts. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall, had brown hair,
blue eyes and a sallow complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Carpenter.
Kennedy deserted from Fort
Porter, New York on August 8, 1875 and surrendered himself at
Fort Porter sixteen days later
on August 24. The Returns of the 22nd Infantry for the month of August 1875 listed him as a deserter and also
included his name as a Gain from Desertion.
Private Kennedy died at Fort
Porter, New York on September 19, 1877. His cause of death
was recorded as "Gun Shot wound self inflicted." The Register of Deaths in the Army recorded
that his death did not originate in the Line of Duty. The Returns of the 22nd Infantry for the month
of September 1877 listed Kennedy under the heading "Died - of Disease etc." with the explanation
of "Died from the effects of a musket ball wound - self inflicted."
Edward Kennedy was buried in the
Post Cemetery at Fort Porter, New York the day he died
on September 19, 1877. His remains were removed and re-interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery
at Buffalo, New York on February 24, 1883 in Section VIII Grave # 6.
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