Ralph or Roelof Kuiyers

Ralph or Roelof Kuiyers was born in 1846 in the Netherlands.

“Ralph” immigrated to America sometime before the war broke out and eventually settled in western Michigan.

He stood 5’4” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was an 18-year-old farmer probably living in Zeeland, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company F on March 25, 1864 at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Zeeland, and was mustered the same day. (He was probably related to Jacob Kuiyers who was also from the Zeeland area.)

“Ralph” joined the Regiment on April 2 at Brandy Station, Virginia, and was killed in action on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. He was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at the Wilderness.