Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wisconsin Drummer Boy-- Part 4: Lifelong Member of GAR

After the war, Frank Pettis (Shown as Pettys on the Company A and regimental rosters) returned to Reedsburg and went to work at his father's tailor shop. Later, at the age of 20, he became a miller.  He was a life-long member of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Reedsburg Drum Corps.

He died in 1918 at age 68.

At the funeral, the Reedsburg Drum Corps, performed with muffled drums and preceded the hearse to Greenwood Cemetery where he is buried near his former captain.

A young Frank Pettis is depicted with his drum on Reedsburg's Military Memories in Nishan Park on the "Courage" panel.

--Old Secesh

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