John B. Gattenby

Mustered into service as a Private on July 29th, 1861

Private Gattenby was wounded in the forearm and chest at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863. On June 1st, 1864 he was promoted to Corporal and held that rank when he mustered out on July 12th, 1865.


In 1867 he was living in Indianapolis Indiana as a laborer and by September of that year he filed for a pension. The 1870 census shows him still living in Indianapolis working at the poor house with his mother Silah.

In June of that year two little girls were raped and murdered and John was arrested for the crime. He went to trial and was found not guilty. John had a history of drinking and more than once was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.


John died sometime before January of 1874 because his mother filed for a "mothers" pension. His burial location is unknown but he may have been buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery near downtown Indianapolis.