Lorenzo Vanderhoef


Lorenzo Vanderhoef

Homer, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Sep 1912 (aged 72)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section E, Lot 193
Memorial ID 158776142 View Source
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Fought in the Civil War in the 8th Ohio Infantry. Author of the memoir, "I Am Now a Soldier! The Civil War Diaries of Lorenzo Vanderhoef".

The following is from an article written by Mary Jane Brewer, "Civil War Diaries Coming Home to Medina" (29 Jan 2016):

Lorenzo worked on the family farm and taught school until he enlisted in the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K, in April 1861. He started his diary "the day he traveled from Homerville to Medina and signed up." The entries tell about his experiences, his travels, sermons he attended, sick friends, and letters he wrote and received.

On September 17, 1862, he took part in the Battle of Antietam in a close quarters melee around Bloody Lane, a sunken road. "Corporal Lorenzo Vanderhoef went down on his face with one wound, only to be hit again as he lay helpless, taking 'four gunshot wounds, one (slight) in the head, one near the lower point of the breastbone, one downward through the left shoulder joint..., and the fourth in the right side.'" "As night fell, Lorenzo's inert body had been left for dead near Bloody Lane."

On Sept. 18, Vanderhoef lay unclothed – his body stripped of anything useful by a burial detail. According to the Vanderhoef family's oral tradition, "On the day following the battle, the driver of the ambulance recognized the face of his friend Vanderhoef. As he looked down at the body, it moved." Lorenzo was taken to a makeshift hospital where the house's owner, a Southern sympathizer, volunteered to care for him in her private rooms.

He spent the rest of 1862 recovering from his wounds, but lost the use of his left arm. He moved to Grand Haven, Michigan, completed a course in accounting and general business at the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., then was a partner in an insurance business in Grand Rapids, Mich. He married Anna Grove in 1868; they had their first child, Lora, in 1870. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1877 where he worked in the Treasury Department. Anna bore four other children, one who died in infancy, Wilford, and twins Ralph and Roy. Lorenzo died in 1912 at a hotel in Los Angeles where he was attending a GAR convention.

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Son of Samuel Vanderhoef and Roxy Ann McIntyre. Brother of Philansey, Reuben, Orange, Orson, Ransom, S.G., Mary Joanna, Emma Sabrina, and Lorissa Melinda.

Married Anna Rost (formerly Grove), 2 Dec 1868, in Kent County, MI.

1. Lora Gould, b. 16 Apr 1870, d. 24 Jul 1939; m. Willis K. Nash in 1893.
2. Wilford Reuben, b. 17 Feb 1873, d. 1 Dec 1955; m. Marion E. Titus.
3. Lorenzo Rost, b. 25 Sep 1882, d. 1 Oct 1882.
4. Roy W. (twin), b. 4 Aug 1883, d. 29 Jan 1964.
5. Ralph Corey (twin), b. 4 Aug 1883, d. 28 Oct 1893.

From the Washington Times, 22 Sep 1912:


The body of L. Vanderhoef, who died at the G.A.R. encampment in Los Angeles, is expected to arrive in Washington tomorrow morning. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from Speare's undertaking parlors, 940 F street northwest.

Burnside Post, G.A.R., of which Mr. Vanderhoef had long been a member, will have charge of the services. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, by the grave of his wife, who died some years ago.

Mr. Vanderhoef served through the war as first sergeant of Company K, Eighth Ohio Infantry. He had lived in Washington many years until about ten months ago, when he went to Minneapolis to live with his son and daughter there, who are his only immediate survivors.

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