With much admiration for all of the wonderful work Craig Asbury has completed on the Battle of Kirksville, I still have some unanswered questions.
I was wondering if anyone has the biography of, or the genealogy information for, John Kent, who was among the confederate soldiers killed on August 7, 1862, the day after the battle of Kirksville?
From an article in one of the Missouri newspapers, Mrs. Otis Miller spoke of talking with a John Kent right before the battle and then she later learned that he was one of the men captured and shot. She also stated that she had known him all her life.
From the 1860 census listings, there was a John Kent who was born abt 1817 Ohio. living with his family in Adair Co. On the 1870 census, the wife has re-married to Jesse Walker.
The Missouri soldiers database has an entry for a union soldier named John Kent, age 43 who enlisted September 27, 1862 in Kirksville and died of disease March 1863 in Louisiana. Although the date of birth is off from the census by two years, this is not an uncommon error, and so close to the John Kent listed on the census.
Can anyone shed some light or have any opinions on this mystery?