Samuel Kockel

Author: O. H. Bentley (1910)


Samuel Kockel, Civil War veteran, of Mount Hope, Sedgwick county, Kan., was born July 14, 1843, in Stark county, Ohio. His father was Isaac Kockel, a native of Pennsylvania. The ancestry on both sides of the family is traced to Holland. A great-great-grandfather of Mr. Kockel fought in the Revolutionary War and was at the battle of Brandywine. The father of Mr. Kockel moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio in an early day and first located in Massillon. After a residence there of ten years he moved to Defiance county, Ohio, and lived there up to the time of his death in 1884, his wife having died in 1847. Samuel Kockel obtained a limited education in the public schools of Ohio, and began his career as a farm laborer in Ohio, which pursuit he followed until 1860. In that year he moved from Defiance county to Allen county, Indiana, and remained there one year, when he returned to Defiance county, Ohio. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Kockel enlisted in Company F, Forty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was sent to Camp Dennison, where the regiment remained two months, thence to Cincinnati, Ohio, where the regiment took a steamer for Paducah, Ky., where it was equipped for service. The regiment was then ordered to Pittsburg Landing, and was one of the advance regiments that arrived on that famous battlefield, where it fought for two days and nights without intermission, and followed up the rebel retreat clear to Corinth, fighting every inch of the way. From Corinth the regiment was sent to Memphis, Tenn.; thence to Holly Springs, Miss.; thence up the Yazoo river to Arkansas Post; thence up the Mississippi river to Miliken's Bend; thence back to Vicksburg, Miss.; fought in the engagements of Magnolia Hills, Champion Hills and Black River Bridge, and back to Vicksburg. After some expeditions from Vicksburg the regiment was ordered to New Orleans and was in the fight on Red river at Mansfield, La. Mr. Kockel was taken prisoner there and was sent to Fort Tyler, Tex., and was exchanged in 1865. He went back to New Orleans and received a thirty days' furlough to return home. After the expiration of his furlough he reported at New Orleans and was sent to Galveston, Tex.; from there to Pensacola, Fla.; then to Houston, Tex.; then to Galveston, from which point the regiment was sent to Columbus, Ohio, and was discharged. In the battle of Shiloh Mr. Koekel received two severe wounds. He was a brave soldier and remained in the service until the close of the war. After his discharge he returned to Defiance county, Ohio, and on March 29, 1868, was married to Miss Eliza Hanna, of that county. Of this union two children were born, both of whom are now deceased. After his marriage Mr. Koekel removed to Ford county, Illinois, where he farmed two years and then moved back to Ohio and farmed there for eight years. He then sold his property and in 1878 moved to Sedgwick county, Kansas, and bought 160 acres of railroad land, which he has occupied ever since and brought to a high degree of cultivation. Mr. Koekel has been a successful farmer. In 1895 he removed to Mount Hope, where he now lives in his own beautiful residence.


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