Capt John Bunz

Capt John Bunz

Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 9 Apr 1862 (aged 46–47)
Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, USA
Burial Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 113509235 · View Source
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Captain, Co. F, 58th Ohio Infantry

John Bunz was an immigrant to America from Germany arriving about 1848. John was born 1815 in Germany. He Came to Logan Ohio with his older brother Gottleib Bunz born about 1810 in Germany. Note that some descendants took the name Buntz but that is not the name John used. Exact dates are in German Lutheran church record available from the poster

John Bunz assisted in the organization of Co F of the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Captain Bunz became its first commander on 1 Nov 1861. German native and Hocking County resident, Capt. John Bunz, was born about 1813. Capt. Bunz became ill and resigned on 28 Mar 1862. [Widows Civil War Pension file in the possession of the poster] The Official record just says "mustered out." Sadly, there is much more to the story. Capt. Bunz died on 9 April 1862 only 11 days after he resigned due to illness! He died at his home from typhoid fever that he contracted during his short period of service. His widow Barbara's complete pension file is in the possession of the poster [WPF Certificate # 55.066]. A record in the WPF states that Barbara Eistle married John Bunz on 15 Feb 1839 in Denkendorf, Württemberg, Germany [WPF]. Barbara was also born in Germany about 1815 [1850 and 1860 Federal Census for Logan, Hocking County OH]. In 1865 she received a pension of $20 monthly back dated to the date of her husband's resignation in early 1862[WPF]. She died shortly before 22 Aug 1907 [WPF, date dropped from Pension Office]. A 13 year old daughter Hannah was living with them in Logan OH at the time of the 1850 Federal census for Hocking County OH. She was their only known child.

Capt Bunz led his Company in heroic action at the Battle of Fort Donelson, TN on during Feb 14-16th, 1862. It was their first battle. The Division commander Lew Wallce reports, "my new front consisted of Wood's battery across the road; on the right of the battery the First Nebraska and Fifty-eighth Illinois; left of the battery a detached company of the Thirty-second Illinois, Captain Davidson, and the Fifty-eighth Ohio, it's left obliquely retired. Scarcely had this formation been made when the enemy attacked, coming up the road and through the shrubs and trees on both sides of it, and making the battery and the First Nebraska the principal points of attack. They met the storm, no man flinching, and their fire was terrible. To say they did well is not enough. Their conduct was splendid. …" [Offical Record] This report from Gen Wallace also tells why Capt Bunz likely contracted Tyfoid fever, "The evening of the 14th (Friday) was quiet, broken at intervals by guns from the rebels. At night pickets were sent to the front along the line, which was retired somewhat behind the ridge, to enable the men in safety to build fires for their bivouacs. They laid down as best they could on beds of ice and snow, a strong, cold wind making the condition still more disagreeable.

Captain Bunz was the recruiting officer and first commander of Company F of the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His official service record simply says he resigned on xxxx. It says nothing else. He served only four months. Examination of John's Widows pension file (available from the poster) explain what really happened. John let the service seriously ill and died at his home 6 day later! He is one of the many undocumented casualties of the Civil War. Even though German born he was a true American hero!

Before the war John bought owned and ran a tavern in Logan. He was very successful for his time. [1860 census]. His brother Gottleib was a successful Carpenter. [1860 Census]

Supporting Census data:
1850 United States Federal Census
about John Bunce
Name: John Bunce [Bunz on actual census]
Birth Year:abt 1813
Home in 1850:Logan, Hocking, Ohio
Family Number:34
John Bunce 37
Barbary Bunce 35
Hannah Bunce 13 [Born in German]
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Logan, Hocking, Ohio; Roll: M432_695; Page: 3A; Image: 194.

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: John Bunz
Age in 1860: 47
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1860:Logan, Hocking, Ohio
Gender: Male
Post Office: Logan
John Bunz 47
Barbara Bunz 45
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Logan, Hocking, Ohio; Roll: M653_988; Page: 145; Image: 293; Family History Library Film: 803988.

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Godleip Buntz
Age in 1860: 49 Birth Year: abt 1811
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1860:Logan, Hocking, Ohio
Post Office: Logan
Godleip Buntz 49
Margaret Buntz 50
Margaret Buntz 23
Hannah Buntz 17
Recca Buntz 15
Godlip Buntz 12 Gottleib Jr. b. 1848.
Mary Buntz 9
John Buntz 7
Emma Buntz 5
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Logan, Hocking, Ohio; Roll: M653_988; Page: 128; Image: 260; Family History Library Film: 803988.

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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Bert Waits
  • Added: 8 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113509235
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Bunz (1815–9 Apr 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113509235, citing Old Logan Cemetery, Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .