PHILIP KERSHNER was born at Springfield, Ohio, June 28, 1832; where, after completing his education, he learned
the carpenter's trade, and became a practical builder; he was also connected with the early development of the
manufacture of agricultural implements here, which with various other experiences, has given him a large fund of
business knowledge. In 1856, he was chosen Lieutenant of a local militia organization, and remained actively interested
in this service until the outbreak of the civil war, when he raised and commanded Co. E, in the 16th O. V. I. (three
months), and was one of the active spirits in the reorganization of that corps for the three years' service; he
was made Major in August, 1861; Lieutenant Colonel in September, 1862; Acting Colonel in 1864; served as special
instructor of military tactics in the Seventh Division, Army of the Ohio; was placed in command of the 3d Brigade,
1st Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, Acting Brigadier General. Col. Kersh was engaged in twelve general battles
besides many skirmishes; he was severely wounded in the left arm, at Chickasaw Bluffs, and, at the close of the
war, he again entered civil life, having made one of the most brilliant records of any of our local volunteers.
He was married to Miss Rebecca A. Ramsey, and now resides in Detroit, Mich.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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