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Peter V. Gruesbeck
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1835
Crawford County
Ohio, USA
Death: 1925

Civil War Service:
Peter V. Gruesbeck
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 11/22/1861 as a Private.

On 11/22/1861 he mustered into IN 5th Light Artillery
He was Mustered Out on 11/26/1864 at Indianapolis, IN. His brother, Walter, also died while serving.

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Peter served in the save regiment as that of his brother, Omer, who died while serving. Peter had another brother, Walter, who died in Atlanta, after his right leg was amputated.

PETER V. GRUESBECK
Early in the last century James Gruesbeck, whose ancestors for generations had been in New York, left his native state to venture into the sparsely settled but rapidly developing county of Crawford, Ohio. He was a successful farmer there but obeying a natural instinct decided in 1852 to try his fortunes in Indiana and secured a farm in Columbia township, just west of Columbia City. Disposing of that farm in 1864, James Gruesbeck and wife came to Columbia City, devoting his attention to other farms which he operated in connection with his sons. He died at the home of his son, Theodore, at Lorane, Troy township, aged seventy-five years, having survived his wife about five years.

He had married Mary Van Orsdall, in Ohio, and lived with her through life. Their mature children were Peter, Walter, Omar, Charles, and Theodore. Of this family Peter, Charles and Theodore are the only survivors, the latter being a farmer in Crawford county, Ohio, while Charles is a farmer of Troy township, Omar served in Simonson's battery and died in hospital August 13, 1864, at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Walter died in the same city but in another hospital about the same time, being in the Seventy-fourth Indiana in which he enlisted at its organization. He was wounded near Atlanta, Georgia, and his life was the forfeit.

Peter V. Gruesbeck was born in Crawford county, Ohio, November 5, 1835, and hence was seventeen years old when he accompanied his parents to Whitley county. In his twentieth year he yielded to a desire to travel, visiting a number of the western states. He taught school in Iowa one year, and in Caldwell county. Missouri, three years. Recrossing the Mississippi he taught in Illinois. In 1860, he returned to Whitley county and after working on a farm taught the succeeding winter.

The opening of the Civil war aroused his patriotism and he was quick to respond to the call to arms, enrolling his name as a member of the Fifth Indiana Battery, generally known as Simonson's artillery. With Captain Peter Simonson he served three years and two months in the western army, being a participant in many of the great battles of the war, including Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Jonesborough, Resaca, and Peach Tree Creek. He received an injury at Stone River that destroyed his right eye, was taken prisoner while in hospital but retaken and subsequently confined in the hospital at Nashville.

He was discharged at Indianapolis in the fall of 1864 and returned to Columbia City but next year revisited Missouri, where he taught during the winter of 1865 and 1866. In the latter year he engaged in the shoe business at Columbia City with Ranson Tuttle, but after continuing in this line for five years he retired. He owns a small farm near town and resides on Walnut street in a brick house erected in 1860 by John Cotton, which is one of the oldest brick structures in Columbia City.

In 1866 Mr. Gruesbeck married Anna Maria Gingher, a native of Ohio, and they have had three children: Mary, who died at the age of eighteen; Abigail, wife of Charles Frederick, living in Indianapolis, having two children, Fremont F. and Otto E.; and Irene, who remains with her parents.

Mr. Gruesbeck is a Republican and an esteemed comrade of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he is post commander. As a veteran soldier of unblemished record, a citizen without reproach, and a man of kindly manners, he enjoys deserved esteem during his quiet passage through the evening of life.

Mrs. Gruesbeck was born in Lancaster, Fairfield county, Ohio, and at the age of eighteen years had come to Columbia City with her father, Henry Gingher, who became a building contractor and died at the age of seventy-two years. Her mother, Eliza Evans, had died in Ohio at the age of thirty-six years, when Anna was but a child of eight. She had two brothers, Benjamin and John, who served in the Civil war. Benjamin, who was in the Seventy-fourth Indiana, died in a hospital near Atlanta. John was in the One Hundred Twenty-first Indiana Regiment and after seeing service till the close of the war returned only to be a permanent invalid and to die some years later.

History of Whitley County, Indiana
Samuel P. Kaler, R. H. Maring; pub. 1907 
 
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 Parents:
  James Gruesbeck (1811 - 1885)
  Mary Van Orsdall Gruesbeck (1816 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Maria Anna Gingher Gruesbeck (1842 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Rena E. Gruesbeck (1876 - 1917)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ira Gruesbeck*
  Omer Gruesbeck (____ - 1864)*
  Peter V. Gruesbeck (1835 - 1925)
  Charles W. Gruesbeck (1847 - 1925)*
  Theodore S. Gruesbeck (1851 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Hill Cemetery
Columbia City
Whitley County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Masonic-2-7-3
 
Created by: Jim Cox
Record added: Oct 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30529434
Peter V. Gruesbeck
Added by: Just Dave
 
Peter V. Gruesbeck
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With gratitude for the great sacrifices that you and your brothers made for our great country,
- OPPSheryl
 Added: Jan. 13, 2013
 
 
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