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McKenna, Bernard A.


Age: 18, credited to Jericho, VT
Unit(s): 12th US INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 11/26/61, Co. H, 12th US INF, dis/dsb, 3/20/63; enl 12/26/63, m/i 1/1/64, Pvt, Co. A, 1st VT CAV, tr to Co. B 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

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Birth: 08/12/1843, Underhill, VT
Death: 11/08/1924

Burial: St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/11/1885
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: None


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St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Bernard A. McKenna, 81 years of age, a Civil War veteran, and a resident of this city for the past 42 years, passed away Saturday evening at 8:55 o'clock at his home on 25 North Franklin street, following a shock which he suffered on Thursday. Mr. McKenna did not regain consciousness following the shock and passed away Saturday night.

Bernard A. McKenna was born in Underhill, August 22, 1843, the son of Francis and Mary McKenna. His early life was spent in that town, later residing in various states before coming to Montpelier about 42 years ago. Since that time, he has been a resident if this city and for many years was employed as machinist for the Lane Manufacturing company and later in the Wells River shops. For the past ten years, however, Mr. McKenna has been retired.

The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen years, on November 26, 1861. He was assigned to Company H, 12th United States infantry and was honorably discharged on March 20 1863 by reason of wounds received in the service. After recovering at home for several months, Mr. McKenna re-enlisted on December 26, 1863 and this time was assigned to Company A, 1st Vermont cavalry volunteers. He participated in many battles among them those of Mechanicsville, Va., White Oaks, Winchester, Malvern Hill, Cedar Creek and Five Forks. The deceased was honorably discharged from the army, August 7, 1865, by reason of the mustering out of the regiment after the war.

On October 22, 1867, Mr. McKenna married Catherine O'Grady, who passed away about thirteen years ago, on the 24th of September. He later married Anne O'Grady, on October 21, 1912, and she passed away about ten years ago. Of Mr. McKenna's seven children, five survive, two sons having died some time ago. The children surviving are Edward McKenna of Cambridge, Mass., Charles McKenna, Emmett McKenna, Miss Catherine McKenna and Miss Anna McKenna, all of this city. There are also fourteen grandchildren surviving.

The deceased was a member of the Holy Name Society of St Augustine's Church, and also a member of Brooks Post G. A. R.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at nine o'clock from St. Augustine's Church, with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, November 10, 1924.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.