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Name:William Clarke Kevan
Affiliation:Class of 1860
Biography & Genealogy:William Clarke Kevan, Class of 1860: Genealogy: Born- Nov. 19, 1840 Petersburg, Va. Father- Andrew Kevan; Mother- Ann Clarke, both of Petersburg, Va. Pat. Grandfather- Andrew Kevan originally from Cacumbre, Scotland, settled in New York ca. 1790; Pat. Grandmother- Jane (maiden name unknown). Mat. Grandfather- William Clarke; Mat. Grandmother- Ann Rowlett. Never married, no children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 19, 1855; Dismissed Sept. 15, 1856 for insubordination (had been refused permission to go on a trip to Natural Bridge, but went anyhow). Civil War Record: Was present at Harper's Ferry at the execution of John Brown just before the War; enlisted at Petersburg, Va. as Private in Co. B, 12th Va. Infantry April 19, 1861; promoted to Corporal Jan. 15, 1862; Wounded in action Aug. 30, 1862 at the Second Battle of Manassas; half of his chin had been shot away, but he continued fighting; detailed for special duty as Quarter Master clerk for the rest of the War. Careers: Clerk; he was mainly an invalid after his injuries in the Civil War. Died- Sept. 22, 1884 (some sources say date of death Sept. 25, 1889); buried at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va.
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