Sunday, July 10, 2011

William O. Kretsinger & James M. Arnold

William O. Kretsinger, Enlisted in the 10th., Kansas Infantry, at Fort Leavenworth in 1861. He rose to the rank of Sergeant before being discharged in 1863. Following his discharged, Kretsinger was commission as an officer in the 56th., United States Color Infantry, formerly the 3rd., Arkansas infantry ( African Descent ). He was cited for gallantly at Big Creek Arkansas, on July 26, 1864.

James M. Arnold, Sergeant, served as the color bearer of the 12th., Kansas infantry. The unit was organized in Paola, Kansas in September 1862, served in detachments along the Kansas and Missouri border until late 1863, by early, 1864, the regiment was stationed at Fort Smith. It participated in Frederick Steel’s Camden expedition, in which it suffered considerably on the march, and later returned to Fort Smith. Near the end of the war, the regiment moved to Little Rock and mustered out in June 1865.

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