Joshua J Vetter

BirthApril 5, 1838
DeathMarch 10, 1931
CemeteryTecumseh (Tecumseh)
PostHeckathorn (Tecumseh)
Unit12th Michigan Infantry, Company M

Private Joshua J Vetter

Company M, 12th Michigan Infantry

Vetter was born in Berrien County, Michigan on April 5, 1838. He was residing in Bainbridge Township, Michigan when he enlisted on October 15, 1861. Vetter was mustered on January 8, 1862 and served 3 years and 4 months. He re-enlisted on December 29, 1863 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He was discharged on May 11, 1865 at Little Rock due to disability.

The 12th Michigan Infantry was organized at various Michigan locations between December 9, 1861 and March 1, 1862. The unit was mustered on March 5, 1862. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 24 killed, 65 wounded, 91 were captured, and 8 reported missing. This battle was the most costly for the regiment.

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

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

Capture of Little Rock (AK) (September 10, 1863).

Vetter died on March 10, 1931 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Tecumseh Cemetery in Tecumseh (Johnson County), Nebraska. Vetter was a member of the Heckathorn Post (#47) in Tecumseh.

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