Civil War Veterans' Ashes to be Buried in Plattsmouth

Oct. 21, 2021, 3 p.m. ·

Headshot photo of Private Benton Kinkead. He has a mustache in the black and white photo.
Private Benton Kinkaid served in Company D of the 77th Ohio Voluntary infantry. (Photo courtesy of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War)

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Next weekend a Civil War Veteran’s ashes will be buried in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Private Benton Kinkead’s remains are returning home.

Kinkead’s ashes were recently discovered in Seattle through the ‘Missing in America Project’ where he passed away in 1916.

John Surman with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War said it's special for his organization to be able to return Kinkead’s remains to Plattsmouth.

“I think any Veteran has a right, and I don’t care what war they were in, to have a proper burial,” Surman said. “It’s the very least that we owe them, and we actually owe them a lot more than that.”

Kinkead will be buried next to his wife, who passed away in 1910. The veteran would later move to Seattle to be with his children.

Private Kinkead’s two oldest surviving direct descendants, his great granddaughter and great grandson, will be mailed a flag from the ceremony.

Private Benton Kinkead was a member of Company D of the 77th Ohio Voluntary Infantry. The ceremony will be held next Saturday, October 30.