Peter Miller (Great Grandfather)
72nd Ohio Infantry & 15th Regiment Veterans Reserve Corp, Co. F
Peter Miller was born in Weinheim Baden Germany on December 3, 1835; Peter came to the United States at the start of the Civil War and enlisted soon after his arrival. He enlisted in Woodville, Ohio on the 5th day of September 1862. From there he was sent to Fremont, Ohio and then on to Columbus, Ohio. On the 15th day of September 1862 he was mustered into the 72nd Ohio Infantry Co, D. Then he was sent south to fight in the war. He was listed as a baker by trade.
During his enlistment he was in several hospitals (Woodward P.H. Cincinnati, Ohio, Seminary General Hospital Covington, Kentucky, Regimental Hospital, and General Hospital Jefferson Barracks St. Louis, Missouri). His ailments ranged from disease of the spleen, dropsy (congestive heart failure), protubac of abdomen, and tumid abdomen. He was transferred to Company F of the 15th Regiment of the Veterans Reserve Corps on the 23rd day of October 1864.
During his enlistment he took part in the Vicksburg campaign. He pulled duty at White's Station, Memphis, Tennessee, Young's Point, Louisiana, Vicksburg Mississippi, Mechanicsburg, Mississippi, and Jackson, Mississippi. Later on the Sturgis Expedition to Ripley, Mississippi, Brice's Cross Roads near Guntown, Mississippi, Smith's Expedition to Tupelo Mississippi, Camargo's Cross Roads Harrisburg near Tupelo, Mississippi, Old Town or Tishamingo Creek. He mustered out on the 14th day of July 1865 from the VRC in Cairo, Illinois (according to his obituary he was a prisoner at Andersonville at one time).
He married Maria (Mary) Schwartzwalder on the 17th day of December 1865 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woodville, Ohio. They had six children. George M. Miller on January 7, 1867, John Gottlieb Miller on February 25, 1870, Elisibeth Sopha Miller on October 13, 1872., John August Miller on January 22, 1875, Peter Christian Miller on August 16, 1878., and Caroline Louisa Miller on August 8, 1880. John Gottlieb, Elisibeth and Peter Christian died at an early age in Ohio. George died at 24 in Blissfield. John August and Caroline died later in life in Blissfield.
They moved to Michigan sometime in 1880 and resided on a farm north of Blissfield until his death on May 25, 1917. He was a member of the local GAR Scott Post.
George Washington Waltz (Great-Great Grandfather)
99th Ohio Volunteers, Company I;
50th Ohio Volunteers, Company I;
183rd Ohio Volunteers, Company E
George was born in Chatfield Township, Crawford County Ohio on March 21, 1845, the son of John Waltz and Elizabeth Waltz (German immigrants). He died of congestive heart failure March 6, 1920 in Titusville, PA. He is buried in the Excelsior Cemetery in Warren County, Pennsylvania with a veteran’s grave marker.
About 1850 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and back to Chatfield Township in 1852. About this time his father died and he went to live with his sister Dorthey Statler in Blanchard Township, Hanover County, Ohio. In 1858 he went back to Chatfield, Township to live with his uncle Frederick Zolar.
On February 15, 1864, he enlisted at Lima, Ohio, in the Union Army, Company I, 99th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers. The Regiment was later consolidated with the 50th Ohio Volunteers, Company E of the183rd Infantry Ohio Volunteers. He received a head injury from a bursting shell near Agua Dallas, Georgia in action in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain. He was treated at No. 2 Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee and suffered from lapses in memory, dizziness, roaring in the ears, and vertigo. He was honorably discharged at Salisbury, North Carolina on July 17, 1865.
Throughout his enlistment the 99th, 50th and the 183rd took part in several battles in Georgia and Tennessee. Such as Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy Station, Franklin and Nashville in the pursuit of John Bell Hood’s Army. Then they moved on to Washington D. C. and then to Smithville, North Carolina. They took part in the capture of Wilmington and the surrender of Johnston and his army.
He was a farmer, 5'4", light complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. He returned to Ottawa, Ohio. He married Emma Cecelia Dick on October 27, 1866 in Putnam County. They had 8 children. The second born was Charles Howard Waltz on April 29, 1871 in Gilboa, Putnam County, Ohio. The last 3 were born in Blissfield, Michigan. They later moved to Donora, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburg) and finally to Webster, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Charles Howard Waltz married Magdalena Jung-Young February 22, 1900 in Curtis, Ohio. They had 5 children. The second was Eva Ruth Waltz who later married LaVern James Moore. They had one child Phyllis Eileen Moore who married Harold Frederick Miller. They had 2 children. The second was I, Harold (Butch) Frederick Miller Jr.