Friday, March 23, 2012

William F. Creitz.

Fifth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company A.

First Lieutenant, William F. Creitz, Residence Holton, Mustered in July 16, 1861. Promoted Captain September 11, 1861. Captain, William F. Creitz, Residence Holton, Mustered in Sept. 11, 1861. Mustered out Aug. 11, 1864, Leavenworth, Kan.

Birth: unknown
Death: 1893.

Was a 32 year-old Blacksmith. He was described at enlistment as: 5' 7", dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair. Born in Leigh County, PA., died in 1893 in East Portland, OR. His wife was Melissa Jane Creitz (1847 - 1928.) Burial: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Portland, Motnomah County. Oregon.


I have the honor to report concerning my expedition to Carthage as follows:

I broke camp on Dry Wood about 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the 19th and marched about 8 miles, encamping on the south side of Dry Wood Creek. Owing to the heavy rain that fell during the night and continued at intervals during the following day (20th) I did not move my whole command, but detached Captain Creitz, with a portion of his company, in the afternoon to Lamar, with orders to occupy that place during the night and to move to Carthage the following day.

No. 47. Report of Captain William F. Creitz, Fifth Kansas Battery (improvised), or expedition to Mount Elba.
PINE BLUFF, ARK., April 7, 1864.

SIR: In obedience to your circular of April 6, desiring the names of non-commissioned officers and men of my command that deserve special mention for meritorious conduct during the late expedition under your command, I would respectfully submit the following statement: All, both non-commissioned officers and men attached to my command, performed their respective duties so promptly and efficiently in the management of the guns throughout the action at Mount Elba and subsequent pursuit of the enemy, that I beg to be excused from making special mention of the conduct of any particular one of my command.

Very respectfully, WM. F. CREITZ, Captain, Commanding Fifth Kansas Battery.

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