Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Col James Howard Gillpatrick.

Col James Howard Gillpatrick.

Birth: 1841, Trenton, Hancock, Maine.
Death: 1913.
Burial: Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas.
Wife: Sadie Blunt, marriage: 1876, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Child: James Blunt Gillpatrick, birth: 08 OCT 1877 Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas. Death: 22 JUN 1878.

He commanded the Second Kansas Colored Vol. Infantry Regiment. Its sister regiment was the First Kansas Colored Vol. Inf. Regt. (name redsignated to 79th US Colored Inf. Regt. new unit, on Dec 13,1864). The 79th was massacred during the battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas on April 18, 1864 led by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Colonel Gillpatrick avenged that slaughter at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas on May 4, 1864 when they charged the enemy with the battle cry "Remember Poison Springs".


1st Lieut. and Adjt., commission November 1st, 1862, Promoted Major Second Kansas Colored Infantry.

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