Jacob B. Kendig, Private, 122nd PA Infantry, Company G;
August 24,1839-August 2,1911 (72)
Jacob Basler Kendig was born August 24, 1839 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Maglenda and Samuel Kendig. He was the born thirteenth of fourteen children and was the youngest son out of seven.
He married Mary E. Rinehart on January 26, 1861 and would have seven children (4 sons and 3 daughters).
When war broke out, he would enlist as a private with Company G, 122nd Pennsylvania Infantry at Harrisburg, PA on August 11, 1861. He served at the Defenses of Washington (Fort Richardson, Cloud’s Mill, and Fairfax Court House). He was then attached to Piatt’s 1st Brigade, Whipple’s 3rd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac from October 12, 1862 - May 1863. He was engaged in a skirmish at Manassas Gap November 5-6, 1862 and then duty at Falmouth, Virginia October 12-November 19, 1862. He then took part in the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 11-15, 1862) and Burnside’s “Mud March” after the defeat on January 20-24, 1863. The unit was then placed on duty at Falmouth again until April 27, 1863. His final battle was at Chancellorsville on May 1-5, 1863. During the fighting, he became separated from the 122nd and was wounded. He was marked as Missing in Action until he was found later. He would then be discharged.
He returned home and moved his family away from the fighting to Collins, Iowa in 1864. He worked as a teamster and would become very involved with veteran affairs and the local GAR post. He would die on August 2, 1911 at the age of 72. He is buried at Ashton Chapel and Cemetery in Jasper Count, Iowa.
1. Jacob Kendig in GAR uniform next to a cannon at a reunion.
2. A portrait of a young Jacob
3. Jacob’s enlistment card
4. Jacob and Elizabeth Kendig’s grace at Ashton Chapel and Cemetery
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