Civil War and Related Archive of Otto Grunewald, 68th NY Infantry

Lot of 9 items. Two relate to Otto Grunewald, five relate to George Grunewald, and two are unclear in their relationship to these.

The items relating to Otto are a map still attached to the board of a book/pocket map for 1863 with the title: Magnus' Half Dollar Portfolio, with the contents listed as Potomac Army Guide (150 Miles around Richmond, showing all Roads and Places), present here; plus 2 song notesheets, 2 plain notesheets, four illustrated envelopes, 6 plain notesheets, 6 plain envelopes, 6 cartes de visite, and a pen holder, pen and pencil. What a fitting gift for someone going to battle. These guys constantly write home to have the family send more writing supplies. A handwritten note on the back of the map indicates: This map I carried with me through the War. Otto Grunewald. The second item is an reply to an inquiry by Col. E.F. Grunewald, Ret., dated 1952 from the State of New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs indicating that Otto Grunewald: Enlisted at New York, N.Y. to serve three years and mustered in as a private Co. D, 68th New York Volunteer Infantry - 6 August 1861; discharged at Nashville, Tenn. 22 Aug. 1864. A hand-written note indicates that he veteranized along with the rest of his unit into the 68 NY Vet. Infy. Age at entry - 18 years; Place of birth - Bavaria; Occupation - lithographer; Eyes - blue; Hair - light; Complexion - fair. He is listed in the Civil War database as "Grundewald." The 68th NY was also known as the 2nd German rifles. It started out in the eastern theater, fighting at Warrenton, Cross Keys, and was held in reserve at Fredericksburg. They suffered heavy losses at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, before being transferred west to Tennessee, where they were mustered out then veteranized. It went back to Tennessee, then to Allatoona and Savannah, GA. They mustered out in November 1865 at Fort Pulaski, GA.

There is an Otto Grunewald listed on the Julia, entering New York 1 June 1853, age 9, which would be about right for this person in 1861. Military service was also a quick route to citizenship.

The largest group of items relates to George Grunewald. This includes his citizenship certificate (21 Nov. 1850); his marriage license to Lisette Schmidt, also a native of Bavaria, when he was 32 and she 36 (12 Dec 1852); burial certificates in the Lutheran Cemetery for Eliza (Sept 22, 1876) and George (Dec. 23, 1900); and a passport dated 10 Apr. 1861 and signed by William Seward, with a Dresden stamp dated 14 May 1861 on the second page. The relation between George and Otto is not clear, but if George married in 1852, he could not have an 18 year-old son (the age recorded for Otto's enlistment). Otto may be a younger brother; he appears to have been alone on the ship; possibly with the loss of other family in Bavaria, he was joining family in the US - a common immigration pattern.

The final two items are a tax receipt for C. Grunewald for 1859. And a letter to "Sister" from "Mary" dated 1872. Likely one of the Grunewald wives or daughters. She mentions "Aunt Eliza" in the letter, the name on the cemetery record of George's wife.
Estimate: $400 - $600


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