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John Reese Kenly
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Born: January 11, 1818(1818-01-11)
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Died: December 20, 1891 (aged 73)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brigadier general
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Unit: 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment
Battles: Mexican-American War
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John Reese Kenly (January 11, 1818 – December 20, 1891) was an American lawyer and a Union general in the American Civil War.


Kenly was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845, but went to the Mexican-American War as a lieutenant with a company of volunteers he had raised, and was afterward promoted to the rank of major. He entered the American Civil War as colonel of the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment, which, together with some Pennsylvania companies, was captured by Stonewall Jackson, after hard fighting, at Front Royal on the Shenandoah, May 23, 1862. Kenly himself was severely wounded when made prisoner, but his stand had saved General Banks's division at Winchester, and he was raised to the command of a brigade in 1862. This he led at Hagerstown, Harpers Ferry, and elsewhere.

Kenly joined the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Gettysburg. He was assigned to I Corps in the Bristoe Campaign and the Battle of Mine Run, commanding the third division of the corps. Afterwards, he was assigned to the Middle Department, commanding the Third Separate Brigade in 1864.

Kenly died in Baltimore, Maryland, and is buried there in Green Mount Cemetery.

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