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LTC Krewson Yerkes
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Birth: Jul. 19, 1837
Southampton
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1910
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Army officer. Served with the Fifth Ohio Infantry Regiment, April 20, 1861 to July 26, 1865. He was educated in the public schools, and learned the trade of a carpenter. In 1860 he went to Centreville, Indiana, and later in the same year to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he engaged in his trade until the outbreak of the Civil War. He was one of the first to respond to the call of his country in that struggle, in which he served with gallantry from the beginning until its close. On April 20, 1861, he entered the army as second sergeant of Company D, Fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out with his regiment, June 18, 1861, on which day he re-enlisted to serve three years in Company D, Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was appointed first sergeant of his company. On March 11, 1862, he was commissioned second lieutenant, and on September 17, 1862, he received a gunshot wound through his right side, at the Battle of Antietam. He was promoted first lieutenant, October 3, 1862, and assigned to Company E, same regiment, and on May 24, 1863, was promoted captain. On March 20, 1864, he married Lydia S. Leighton in Philadelphia. On July 20, 1864, he was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound in the right arm, at Peach-Tree Creek, in front of Atlanta, Georgia, just before that city was taken by General Sherman. On February 26, 1865, he was promoted major, receiving his commission as such while on the march of Sherman's army from Savannah, Georgia, to Goldsborough, North Carolina. On July 20, 1865, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel, and was mustered out with his regiment six days later. After quitting the army, he returned to Philadelphia, where he engaged in business as a carpenter and builder. He was an original member of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States; also a member of E.D. Baker Post No. 8, G.A.R., and St. Paul's Lodge, No. 481, F. and A.M. He and his wife were Baptists. They had two children, Warren R. Yerkes (b. August 20, 1865) and Anna E. Yerkes (November 21, 1868 - February 26, 1870), both born in Philadelphia. (Krewson Yerkes is No. 844 in the Chronicle of the Yerkes Family by Josiah Granville Leach.) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Yerkes (1799 - 1886)
  Dianna Krewson Yerkes (1805 - 1884)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia S. Leighton Yerkes (1838 - 1910)
 
 Children:
  Anna E. Yerkes (1868 - 1870)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ann S. Yerkes Ridge (1824 - 1896)*
  Thomas Yerkes (1829 - 1861)*
  Krewson Yerkes (1837 - 1910)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Major Krewson Yerkes
Age 74
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Margaret Orthodox
Record added: Apr 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35747737
LTC Krewson Yerkes
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LTC Krewson Yerkes
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LTC Krewson Yerkes
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