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Keenan, Robert

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 37, credited to Highgate, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 1826, Ireland
Death: 06/05/1885

Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Swanton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 118342232

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Eliza, 3/8/1889, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site

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BURIAL:

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St. Marys Cemetery, Swanton, VT

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Biography

ROBERT KEENAN volunteered as a substitute for Henry G. King of Highgate and joined the Highgate company some time subsequent to September 23rd, and before we left the state for Brattleboro to be mustered into the United States service. He was as I thought at the time, an old man, and in fact his age was 37 or more, and yet he was a strong, healthy looking, vigorous, athletic man. He was a Yankee Irishman, born in this country, but his father and mother were from sweet old Ireland. Rob, as we called him, was full of fun and wit, and made lots of droll talk that tickled and amused the boys very much. He was all right and made a good soldier, and was one of the best shots in Company K, if not the best, it was an even thing between him and Oliver Parizo. Rob had two brothers in the army, one who enlisted from a western state, and one from Vermont, who belonged to Company P, United States Sharpshooters that was recruited from Vermont, both of these brothers are still living in Swanton, Vt. Rob was patriotic and seemed perfectly satisfied with army life. He had a roving disposition, and was seldom found in camp in good weather, unless detailed for duty. Rob, like some others, hankered now and then for liquid rations, and whenever given out, which was not often, was on hand for his share, and would not refuse even what belonged to the other boys who did not use liquor of any kind, and if he could prevail upon them to draw their rations and turn the same over to him, he was more than pleased if not fully satisfied.

He remained with the regiment in line of duty to the end and showed himself to be a brave, fearless, courageous and aggressive soldier. He was mustered out with the regiment July 21st, 1863, and returned to Bast Highgate where he was employed for many years in O. S. Rixford's Axe and Scythe Mfg. establishment. He died in and is buried in Highgate, Vt.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 739