Kinzer, William T.

William T. Kinzer, detail

William T. Kinzer was born in Blacksburg, Virginia. He entered Dickinson College Grammar School in 1856 before becoming a member of the Class of 1860 later that fall. In 1857, Kinzer’s father died and, having lost his financial support, he left Dickinson to study and practice law in Virginia as well as the Nebraska territory. He joined the 4th Virginia Infantry in 1861 and received the ranking of first sergeant, corporal, and, by 1863, fourth sergeant. Kinzer saw action in Chancellorsville in May 1863 and Spotsylvania in May 1864. One month after his capture, on July 15, 1864, Kinzer died at Point Lookout Prison in Maryland. (By John Osborne and Brandon Rothenberg)

Life span
01/01/1837—07/15/1864
Dickinson Connection:
Class of 1860

Life Summary

Full name
  William T. Kinzer
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Estimated
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Sectional choice
  South
Origins
  Slave State
No. of Spouses
  0
Education
  Dickinson (Carlisle College)
Occupation
  Military
  Attorney or Judge
  Journalist
Military
  Confederate Army

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