|Birth||Aug. 4, 1847|
|Death||Feb. 17, 1932|
|Unit||046th Illinois Infantry, Company K|
Private John W. Grigsby
Company K, 46th Illinois Infantry
Grigsby was born in Stephenson County, Illinois on August 4, 1847. Stephenson County is located on the Illinois and Wisconsin border. Its county seat is Freeport. He was residing in Loran (Stephenson County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on January 16, 1864. He was 16 years old at the time of his enlistment. Grigsby was mustered in the unit on February 10, 1864 and served nearly 2 years. He was mustered out on January 20, 1866 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Illinois Civil War database spells his name “Gregsby”.
The 46th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois in 1861. Prior to Grigsby’s enlistment, the regiment fought at the Battles at Fort Donelson and Vicksburg. Grigsby joined the regiment in 1864. In April 1865 the unit was sent to Alabama and was involved in the sieges of Spanish Fort and Blakely. After the conclusion of the Civil War, the regiment was assigned duty as an occupational force. Orders were issued on December 27, 1865 that the regiment was to return to Springfield, Illinois. The unit was officially mustered out on January 20, 1866.
The Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska provided copies of two obituaries for John W. Grigsby. Notes of interest from the obituaries include:
Grigsby was married in 1866. His wife died in 1916 and he remarried two times. At the time of his death, he was survived by 26 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He moved to Hamilton County in 1873. His homestead was located 4 miles north of Aurora.’
His brother (Samuel) moved to the County in 1872. He was a Civil War Veteran and both brothers served in the same regiment. Samuel died in 1918 and is buried in the Aurora Cemetery.
Grigsby died on February 17, 1932 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in Aurora Cemetery in Aurora (Hamilton County), Nebraska. He was a member of the Chandler Post (#46) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Aurora.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.