Captain David Kenyon 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry


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Carte view identified as David Kenyon of Chicago, Illinois. Mustering as a 1st sergeant with Company E of the 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry following Christmas Day, 1861. After the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh, David would receive promotions to 2nd and 1st lieutenant in April of that year before their next engagement at Corinth. The regiment would take part in Grant’s Mississippi Campaign and Dodge’s Alabama Campaign before receiving his promotion to captain in May, 1863. David would take a short leave in August and September to return home and care for his siblings back in Illinois. Beginning in May of 1864, the regiment would take part in a string of hard fought battles from Resaca to the Battle of Jonesboro throughout the summer. Eight battles within a 3 month period. Following Jonesboro, David would request a medical discharge for rheumatism. His discharge would be granted and David would resign his commission in November, 1864.  He would live his entire life in Chicago and in a cruel twist of fate, David would be thrown from a buggy on October 25, 1884 and be run over by Fire Engine #32 which resulted in his death. An old period pencil inscription on the reverse reads “Yours Truly Capt. D. Kenyon 57th Ill. Infty”. Back marked out of Chicago this view was most likely taken during his return trip home in August, 1863 to care for his siblings.

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