1863: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (military enlistment)
1850: Little Britain, Pennsylvania with his parents and siblings
During the Civil War, he served as a Private in Company D of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the second regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 20 years old, single and working as a farmer when he enlisted on 21 March 1863 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Discharged for disability on 29 May 1865 from St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina.Emilio, Roster p. 356</ref>
Raymoure-1 00:31, 3 May 2020 (UTC): Not 100% sure this is him in 1850 (William Kenard); there's another possible match in 1860 in East Marlborough PA for a William H Kennard whose parents are Sarah and John.
Raymoure-1 00:09, 3 May 2020 (UTC): No obvious vital records on Ancestry.com Library Edition.
Raymoure-1 09:18, 16 March 2020 (UTC): Possible census match?
↑ and the first with federal recognition; the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiment was against the wishes of the Secretary of War and filled only six companies, but did see action a full year before the 54th
Fold3.com. “Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops, XXX.” Catalog #300398. “Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War, compiled 1890 - 1912, documenting the period 1861 - 1866.”
Fold3.com. "Records of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Colored), 1863-1865." National Archives Catalog #577134. "Regimental and Company Books of Civil War Volunteer Union Organizations, compiled 1861 - 1865." Free Access Civil War Records 1-15 April 2018.