|Birth||Nov. 13, 1844|
|Death||May 19, 1947|
|Unit||30th Indiana Infantry, Company B|
Private William H. Fetters
Company B, 30th Indiana Infantry
Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC)
Fetters was born in Kosciusko County, Indiana on November 13, 1844. He enlisted and was mustered on August 17, 1862 at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fetters served less than 2 years with the regiment. He was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC) on May 1, 1864 and served with that unit for 14 months. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from and effects of disease. They were assigned to “light duty” and freed up able-bodied soldiers for other duties.
The 30th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Fort Wayne on September 24, 1861. During Fetters’ enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863)
The regiment lost 17 men and 14 were wounded on April 7, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. The Battle of Stone’s River was the mostly costly for the regiment. Twenty eight (28) soldiers were killed, 15 were wounded, and 3 were reported captured or missing on December 31, 1862.
Fetters died on May 19, 1947 at the age of 102 years. He is buried in the Stromsburg Cemetery in Stromsburg (Polk County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Mower Post (#59) of the Grand Army of the Republic at Stromsburg.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.