Mystery of US Civil War soldier

A SMALL unmarked plot in the Ipswich Cemetery – number A07030 – would barely catch the eye if you walked past.

But the grave marks the spot of one of Australia’s earliest war veterans, a man who served in the American Civil War for the Confederate army.

William Keen Bryant was known to have been born in Queensland in 1839 and served aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Victory and HMS Shannon after leaving his home state.

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