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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1860

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

John M. Kerr

(Ap'd N. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1854, to July 1, 1860, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1860.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1860‑61; on frontier duty at Ft. Craig, N. M., 1861; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Dropped, July 13, 1861, "Having Overstayed his Leave of Absence, and Failed to Report to the Adjutant-General."

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died Mar. 10, 1862, at Yadkinsville, N. C.: Aged 25.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. It was brief, obviously, and must have been low‑key: I've been unable to find any trace of it other than a bare confirmation in Southern Historical Society Papers that he did in fact serve the Confederate cause. If you have better information, please drop me an e‑mail, of course.

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