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Birth: July 12, 1837.
Death: May 11, 1920, Findley, Hancock county, Ohio.
Wife: Mary Ellen Morehead Keller.
Child: Earl Stanford Keller.
Father: Joseph D. Keller.
Mother: Sarah Ann Oman Keller.
Burial: Keller Cemetery, Jenera, Hancock county, Ohio.
Jacob L. Keller, First Lieutenant, Age 24, enlisted September 6, 1861, for 3 years. Appointed Frist Sergeant from Sergeant September 19, 1861; promoted to Second Lieutenant December 5, 1862; First Lieutenant February 29, 1864; Captain May 11, 1865. Mustered out with company, July25, 1865.
Jacob L. Keller, Captain, Age 27, enlisted September 15, 1861, for 3 years. promoted from First Lieutenant Co. F., May 11, 1865. Mustered out with company, July 25, 1865.
Report of Jacob L. Keller, commanding Co. F.
HEADQUARTERS Co. F, 21sT O. V. I.
Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 8, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to submit the following list of casualties, together with a report of the engagements in which Company F, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry participtated, during the campaign which commenced May 7, 1864, and ended September 2. 1864. On the 7th day of May, the company left Ringgold, Georgia, numbering two commissioned officers, and fifty-eight enlisted men present.
May 9th, while the regiment was moving to position in close proximity to Rocky Face, private James M. Latham was seriously wounded with a fragment of a shell, and 2d Lieutenant Mark Wood, was injured by a fall, which incapacitated him for further active service during the remainder of the campaign.
During the engagement before Resaca, Ga., May 14, the regiment was held in reserve, in consequence of which Co. F sustained a loss of but one slightly wounded, private Napoleon B. Platner, who returned to duty in a few days. During the engagements of May 27th and 28th, and up to the time Dallas was evacuated, the company sustained no loss, although subjected to heavy fire of musketry at different times. June 15th brought us up again in close contact with the enemy. Though brought under a murderous fire of artillery, and subjected to frequent skirmishes, yet strange to say the company suffered no loss whatever, during the siege at Kennesaw Mountain.
July 6th found us pressing the enemy s rear, near the banks of the Chattahoochee river. Nothing unusual occured until the 9th, when the regiment was ordered to report at the skirmish line, at 6 o clock a. m. Upon arriving at the designated place, orders were received to advance the skirmish line, and feel of the enemy s position. In accomplishing this, privates Thomas Foreman and James Dorsey were killed, and Mahlou Povuemire severely wounded.
In justice to the non-commissioned officers and enlisted men ot Co. F, I must here say, that they conducted themselves on this occasion like true soldiers. From that time until July 20th, the company participated in no actions or skirmishes. When Hood assaulted the 20th corps and a part of the 14th, on the 20th, the company was on the skirmish line, and held its position under a severe fire of musketry and canister.
While in front of Atlanta, August 11, 1864, the company was detailed for duty on the skirmish line. During the day the line was advanced, and during the action that ensued private Abraham Powell, and on the 12th, Corporal Samuel Powell, and private Uriah Grable were wounded ; the latter dangerously with a piece of shell. No other action or casualities occurred till September 1, 1864, near Jonesboro. In the charge made by the regiment in the afternoon privates James E. Scott and John T. Reed were wounded, and Jacob Liter missing, supposed to be taken prisoner. At this time the company numbered one officer and forty-six men.
Respectfully your obedient servant,
J. L. KELLER,