Remembering Sergeant John M. McGrath, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky
John McGrath was born in Shelbyville in 1825, the son of Robert McGrath and Sarah Cardwell. He was 5’5 1/2” and had a light complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair. McGrath was a merchant when the war started. He was promoted from sergeant of Company A to second lieutenant of Company I on July 13, 1862. He resigned November 24, 1862 “for the good of the service.” McGrath fell at his home in 1885 and sustained brain damage; the next year, he was committed to the Anchorage Asylum. McGrath died on November 18, 1887 and is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelby County. He never married.
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