|Birth||Sept. 24, 1841|
|Death||Jan. 23, 1934|
|Unit||1st Wisconsin Infantry, Company A|
Private Peter Greeley
Company A, 1st Wisconsin Infantry
Greeley was born in Wisconsin on September 24, 1841. He was living in Waterford (Racine County), Wisconsin when enlisted and was mustered on September 14, 1861. Private Greeley was wounded twice during the Civil War. His first wound was incurred at the Battle of Chaplin Hills (also called the Battle of Perryville) in Kentucky on October 8, 1862. He recovered from his wound and rejoined his regiment. His second wound was more severe. He was severely wounded in his left leg on July 20, 1864 at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek in Georgia. As a result of his wound, his leg was amputated. Private Greeley was mustered out on March 1, 1865.
The 1st Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Scott (Milwaukee), Wisconsin on October 19, 1861. During Greeley’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles. Two of them were:
The Battle of Chaplin Hills/Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862) was the most regiment’s most costly during the War. The unit lost 55 soldiers, 88 were wounded, and 9 were taken prisoner. Private Greeley was one of the wounded. The battle is commonly referred to as the Battle of Kentucky. The Union forces prevailed and retained control of Kentucky for the balance of the Civil War.
The Battle of Chickamauga (GA/TN) (September 19-20, 1863) was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater. This was another costly battle for the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Twenty-two (22) soldiers were killed, 71 were wounded, and 75 were taken prisoner or reported missing.
Greeley was wounded the second time at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek on July 20, 1864. The battle was part of the Atlanta Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Greeley died on January 23, 1934 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Atkinson (Holt County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Lennox Post (#39) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Atkinson. In addition, he was a member of the O’Brien Post (#241) of the GAR in Turner, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.