John M. Kent, Co. I, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves

"History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" Nelson, Rishforth & Company; Chicago, IL (1888) By Samuel P. Bates Pg. 678-9.

Col. John M. Kent, born in Waynesburg, Penn., February 20, 1836, is a son of Peter M. and Mary (Hook) Kent, who were of English and Irish origin. His father, who was a native of Ohio, came to Greene County, Penn., when he was a young man, taught school for a number of years, and later in life worked at the stonemason’s trade. He died in 1852. Col. Kent, the third in a family of eight children, was reared in Greene County, and received his early education in the common schools. He was a plasterer by trade, also engaged in contracting and building until the war broke out. He enlisted in Company I, Eighth Pennsylvania Reserves, was elected First Lieutenant and served in that capacity one year. He was then elected Captain for the remainder of his term of service. He returned home and raised a company, and was elected Captain of the Fifth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, in Company K, in which position he served until the close of the war. Col. Kent was twice wounded, first in the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., in December, 1862, when he was reported as among the killed, having been pronounced by the physician mortally wounded. The second time he was wounded at Spottsylvania. He participated in many skirmishes and ten regular battles, among which were the Seven Days’ battle in front of Richmond, Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam, in 1862, and the Wilderness and Spottsylvania battles in 1864. At the close of the war Col. Kent returned to Waynesburg, where for five years he engaged in his former business of contracting and building. In 1869 he was appointed United States Store-keeper and Ganger, which position he held for sixteen years. In 1874 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guards, in Company K of the Tenth Regiment; was elected Captain, and soon after elected Major. He was subsequently elected to the position of Lieutenant-Colonel, in which capacity he served until he resigned in 1887. In 1886 he took charge of the Hotel Walton, of which he was proprietor for nearly two years, when he removed with his family to Pittsburgh, Penn. The Colonel was married September 21, 1871, to Nanna A. Wallace, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., and of Scotch-Irish descent. They are the parents of two children–William H. and James W. Mrs. Kent is a member of the Presbyterian Church. The Colonel is a Republican in politics. He has served as a member of the town council, and as Quartermaster of the G. A. R. Post at Waynesburg. He was always noted for his energy and zeal in organizing and conducting military and civic parades and demonstrations in his native town.

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