I'm descended from Joseph Kaye, who was born in 1846 and was
brought to this country (Baltimore, Maryland) in about 1852. His father
was also Joseph Kaye, and his mother was Elizabeth Brayshaw. They were
from Linthwaite, near Huddersfield.
Joseph, who was barely 15 when the American Civil War began, was my
maternal grandfather. He was a cordwainer [shoemaker] in a factory in
Wetheredsville, Maryland, just west of Baltimore (now Glynn's Falls, in
the city limits of Baltimore). He joined the Union army and was assigned
to the 4th Maryland Infantry Regiment.
As part of the Maryland Brigade, Joseph fought in the Battle of the
Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House. He was wounded in the thigh
at Spottsylvania. Gangrene finally set in, which the surgeons burned
out with a red hot poker (no anaesthetic!). He, with his limp, was
assigned to the 11th Veterans Reserve Corps, and when the war ended,
he migrated to northern Missouri, where he farmed for the next 50 years.