Cyrus McKee

Sgt. Cyrus McKee (1838-1864)

Cyrus McKee, 4th Great Uncle of brother Eric Jeanneret, was born in Armstrong County, PA. He was a married 23-year-old farmer that was of Scotch - Irish descent. He stood 6' 1" with brown hair and grey eyes.

Cyrus enlisted into Co. B, 103rd PA Inf at Sherret, Armstrong County, PA on 24 Sept 1861. Him and the unit were present at the battles of; Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Suffolk Campaign, Kinston (where Cyrus was wounded).

Cyrus reenlisted at Plymouth, NC on 1 Jan 1864 and was promoted to Sgt.

He was captured with most of the 103rd PA at the battle of Plymouth, NC on 20 Apr 1864 and was sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He was later sent to Rickersville Confederate Hospital in Charleston, SC where he died of scurvy on 7 Dec 1864. He was buried in a mass grave at the Charleston Race Course and was later re-interred as a Unknown with 257 other Union Solders in the Potter's Field tomb at the Beaufort National Cemetery in 1870.