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Name:John William Kerr
Affiliation:Class of 1859
Biography & Genealogy:John Williams Kerr, Class of 1859: Genealogy: Born- April 3, 1839 at Woodbine, Greenville Co. Va. Father- John Kerr; Mother- Ann Eliza Walker. No information about Pat. Grandparents. Mat. Grandfather- Dr. Robert Walker; Mat. Grandmother- unknown. Married- Ada Priscilla Keys on Feb. 14, 1867. One child- Walker Henderson Kerr. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 7, 1855; Graduated July 4, 1859 standing 27 in a class of 29. Civil War Record: Enlisted Aug. 3, 1861 in Washington Co. Tx. and appointed 2nd Lieut. of Co. I, 5th Texas Regt Oct. 23, 1861; out sick in Richmond, Va. July 2, 1862; Appointed Adjutant of 5th Tx. Regt. Aug. 1, 1862; Appointed Acting Assistant Adjutant General of brigade Oct. 22, 1862; Acting Brig. Inspector in summer of 1863; his horse was killed in action at Chickamauga; promoted to Captain Nov. 8, 1862; one of half a dozen who claimed to have turned General Robert E. Lee's horse in the famous "Lee to the rear" incident May 6, 1864 at tje Battle of the Wilderness; Brig. Inspector General and Assistant Adjutant General 1864-65. Paroled at Appomattox. Careers: Merchant in New York. Died- Nov. 22, 1909 in Brooklyn, NY.