John W Grewell


DeathOct. 28, 1938
PostHolland (Crete)
Unit22nd Iowa Infantry, Company G

Private John W Grewell

Company G, 22nd Iowa Infantry

Grewell was born in Ohio in 1842. He was living in Amish, Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 5, 1862. He was mustered on August 26, 1862 and served nearly 3 years. Grewell was mustered out on July 25, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia. He enlisted as a private and was promoted 3 times within the corporal rank and twice within the sergeant designation. His final promotion was 9on September 20, 1864 when he was designated as a 4th sergeant.

The 22nd Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered on September 9, 1862 at Iowa City. During Smith’s tour of duty, the regiment was involved in several major campaigns and battles. A partial list includes:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).

The Siege of Vicksburg was very costly to the Regiment. In several days of fighting the unit lost 37 soldiers, 130 were wounded, and 17 were captured. In addition, the Battle of Winchester was another major engagement. On September 19, 1864 the regiment lost 12 soldiers, 63 were wounded, and 35 were taken prisoner. Private Grewell was one of the wounded. One Civil War source indicates that he was severely wounded.

Grewell died on October 28, 1938 at the age of 95 years. He was the last member and a charter member of the Holland Post (#75) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Crete, Nebraska. His burial location is probably in Colorado.

Doc – Grewell(22IOWA).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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