Civil War Veteran at Anniversary in Antietam, Maryland
CIVIL WAR VETERAN AT ANNIVERSARY IN ANTIETAM, MARYLAND
John Klinkhart, Canajoharie's last veteran of the Civil War, who on August 31st reached his 94th birthday, in company with his daughter, Miss Amelia Klinkhart, are visiting at the home of his son, Amos J. Klinkhart at Hagerstown, Maryland. While there Mr. Klinkhart will attend the anniversary exercises commemorating the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, which was fought September 17, 1862. Mr. Klinkhart was not a participant in this battle, as he was enlisted at Fonda in the 153rd New York State Volunteer Infantry, which left Fonda in October of 1862.
The following article is taken from the issue of Thursday, September 9, of the Hagerstown (Md.) Morning Herald:
One of the first Civil War veterans to arrive in the city to attend the National Antietam Commemoration is John Klinkhart, 94, of Canajoharie, N. Y., who served in the Union Army with the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Co. E. Mr. Klinkhart is the father of A. J. Klinkhart, local architect.
One of the first things which the senior Mr. Klinkhart did upon arriving in Hagerstown was to attend exercises at Antietam Battlefield where he met Governor Harry W. Nice. He was the only Civil War veteran present at the exercises. He expects to be present during the re-enactment of a portion of the Battle of Antietam on September 17.
Mr. Klinkhart enlisted in the Union Army too late to get into the Battle of Antietam. He saw active service with the army in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and was in the Red River Campaign in Louisiana. Following the surrender of General Lee, Mr. Klinkhart with other members of his regiment went to Washington where they took part in the Grand Review of the army before President Lincoln. Mr. Klinkhart was among soldiers sent to Washington as guards following the assassination of Lincoln. Klinkhart remembers seeing the Civil War President in Washington.
Mr. Klinkhart was the only veteran who recently attended a reunion of the 153rd and 115th New York State. He believes he is the only living member of the 153rd.
Canajoharie NY Courier Weekly
Courier-Standard-Enterprise, New York
Used with permission of the Courier-Standard-Enterprise
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc
Washington County (Md.), 1937.