Col. R. A. Kennedy, son of Ronald and Isabell (Lang) Kennedy, both deceased, was born at Ryegate, Caledonia, Vt., September 25, 1837, and came to Floyd county, Ind., in November, 1895. He married, March 3, 1863, in Waterford, Vt., Adalaide E. Rowell, who was born there Mary 29, 1845. His wife’s parents, no longer living, were Dr. Richard F. and Melinda (Millen) Rowell. Five children were born to them: Fred A., Richard A., Hugh C., Lou E. and Caroline B. Comrade Kennedy was a farmer when he enlisted July 16, 1861, in the Federal army, at St. Johnsburg, Vt., when he was 23 years of age. He was enrolled as a private in Co. I, 3d Vt. V.I., Army of the Potomac and was subsequently promoted through all the grades, to Sergt., 2nd Lieut., 1st Lieut., Capt., Lieut.-Col. Of 5th Vt. V.I. He was wounded, near Banks Ford, at the battle of Chancellorsville, by concussion of shell, May, 1863, in right breast, fracturing two ribs. He was held in field hospital, then in Seminary hospital, Georgetown, D.C., five weeks; he was also in hospital July, 1864, on account of inflammation of bowels. He received two furloughs of thirty days each, reporting for duty at end of time; he was honorably discharged from first enlistment, December, 1863, at Brandy Station, to re-enlist as a veteran. March, 1865, he was transferred to 5th Vt. V.I., as a Col. He was detailed July, 1862, as recruiting officer in Vt., drilling recruits and escorting them to the front. He was then appointed in charge of recruiting station at Island Pond, Vt., but never reported on account of having been commissioned Lieut. He fought at Falls Church, Leesburg, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Warwick Creek, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Burnside’s Mud River Campaign, Maryland Heights, Gettysburg, New York Riots, Brandy Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Front of Petersburg, final assault on Petersburg, Sailors Creek, Appomattox C.H., did provost duty with his Regt., at Farmville and was finally honorably discharged July 10, 1865, at Burlington, Vt. His wife had four brothers in service, Daniel, Dennison, Byron and Richard. Comrade Kennedy represented Pawnee county, Vt., in the Legislature two years, county commissioner three years, J. of P., four years, census enumerator in 1880 in Neb., enumerator in Ark., in 1890, and was com. Capt. of National Guards in Neb., and registerer of votes four years, he was master of Grange, county Deputy delegate in State Grange four terms, he is P.C. of Chas. Watkins Post, Lebanon, Ky., he is Supt., of National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana, and may be addressed at that place.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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