Forgotten Officer Friday - Brig. General John Reese Kenly

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John Reese Kenly

Born: January 11, 1818

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Father: Edward Kenly 1786 – 1861
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​

Mother: Maria Keener Reese Kenly 1791 – 1860
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​

Wife: None

Occupation before War:

Served in the Mexican War rising to the rank of Major​
Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland​

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Civil War Career:


1861 – 1862: Colonel of 1st Maryland Union Volunteers Infantry Regt.​
1862: Fought in the Streets of Front Royal, Virginia against Maryland​
1862: Knocked from his horse while riding into Winchester, Virginia​
1862: Held as Prisoner of War by the Confederate Army​
1862: Exchanged as Prisoner of War on August 15th​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862 – 1863: Served in Western Maryland Union Army Department​
1863: Served in the Bristoe Campaign in Virginia​
1863: Acted as Division Commander during Battle of Mine Run, Virginia​
1864: Commander of the Union Army District of Delaware​
1864 – 1865: Commander of the Eastern Shore of Maryland​
1865: Mustered out of the Volunteer Army on August 25th​

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Occupation after War:


Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland​
Presented a Sword by the City of Baltimore, Maryland​

Died: December 20, 1891

Place of Death: Baltimore, Maryland

Age at time of Death: 73 years old

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Burial Place: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland




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View attachment 324722John Reese Kenly

Born: January 11, 1818

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Father: Edward Kenly 1786 – 1861
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​

Mother: Maria Keener Reese Kenly 1791 – 1860
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​

Wife: None

Occupation before War:

Served in the Mexican War rising to the rank of Major​
Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland​

View attachment 324721Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 1st Maryland Union Volunteers Infantry Regt.​
1862: Fought in the Streets of Front Royal, Virginia against Maryland​
1862: Knocked from his horse while riding into Winchester, Virginia​
1862: Held as Prisoner of War by the Confederate Army​
1862: Exchanged as Prisoner of War on August 15th​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862 – 1863: Served in Western Maryland Union Army Department​
1863: Served in the Bristoe Campaign in Virginia​
1863: Acted as Division Commander during Battle of Mine Run, Virginia​
1864: Commander of the Union Army District of Delaware​
1864 – 1865: Commander of the Eastern Shore of Maryland​
1865: Mustered out of the Volunteer Army on August 25th​

View attachment 324726Occupation after War:

Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland​
Presented a Sword by the City of Baltimore, Maryland​

Died: December 20, 1891

Place of Death: Baltimore, Maryland

Age at time of Death: 73 years old

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Burial Place: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland




The absolute authority on Kenly, is Dan Toomey, Dan has many of Kenly's war date uniforms, swords and other memorabilia (both Mexican and ACW). One thing Dan was unable to obtain, though it was offered, is Kenly's Walker Colt, I believe it sold at auction for $920,000 (James Julia Auction Oct 2008) and is said to be the finest martial Walker in existence. Dan's book "John R Kenly; Hero at Front Royal" is a must read as are Dan's other tomes "The War Came by Train", "Baltimore During the Civil War", "The Civil War in Maryland" and "Marylanders at Gettysburg"

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