|Death||Jan. 28, 1941|
|Unit||150th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
Private John Henry Kurtz
Company A, 150th Illinois Infantry (1 year/1865)
Kurtz was born in Germany in April of 1847. Illinois records indicate that he used Henry as his first name. Other Civil War sources reflect that he used John. He was living in Bloomington (McLean County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on February 3, 1865. He served about 11 months and was mustered out on January 16, 1866 at Atlanta, Georgia.
The 150th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler (Chicago), Illinois on February 14, 1865. Company A was assigned to Atlanta in July 1865 and performed garrison duty for the balance of their 1 year.
Kurtz died on January 28, 1941 at the age of 93 or 94 years. Two reliable Civil War sources indicate that he is buried in the Beatrice Cemetery in Beatrice (Gage County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and the last member of the Ellis Post (#341) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Venango, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the following GAR Posts:
Rawlings Post (#35) in Beatrice.
Harker Post (#51) in Wilber.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.