Friday, October 12, 2012

Missouri Man Is Son of Civil War Veteran-- Part 2

The 143rd Indiana was one of the later regments mustered into Union service toward the end of the war, organizing in Indianapolis and became active Fe, 21, 1865.  They left Indianapolis Feb. 24th and went to Nashville, then Murfreesboro and Tullahoma, Tennessee.  June 26th, the regimentwas split for garrison duty, with some going to Fort Donaleson.  They mustered out October 17th.

Hilbert has his father's discharge.  He was a member of Co. E, which had 84 members.

The SUVCW, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, was chartered in 1954 (the Sons of Confederate Veterans was chartered in the 1890s).

His parents were Joseph and Mary Otillia Gramelspacher and were married Feb. 6, 1917.  His father was 68 and she was 24, the second marriage for both.  They had three children: Arthur, born Dec. 23, 1917; Hilbert, born Dec. 31, 1919; and Josepha, born Feb. 22, 1922.

His dad was 71 when Hilbert was born and worked as a bricklayer.  His brick house still stands in Jasper, Indiana.  After his father, who according to Hilbert, didn't look that old, died, his mother married again.

Hilbert graduated from high school and then worked in the CCC for two years.  During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard as a radioman on the cutter Comanche on Greenland Patrol.  Later, he was on the destroyer escort USS Falgout on trips to North Africa.  In March 1944 the ship was attacked by German torpedo bombers.

He has just gotten married himself to a woman two years younger than he.

Quite a Family History.  --Old secesh

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