Ten children were born to James and Temperence Kratzer in Green Township, Brown County, Ohio. The youngest child, the 3rd daughter, Ro(s)anna, was my great great grandmother. Like her father, who died a year after she was born, her seven brothers were farmers. The eldest, Enos, inherited his father's farm and stayed there with the youngest, 14 year old Phillip, during the Civil War. The other five enlisted to fight for the Union.
Wilson was the third brother to leave home to fight. He was 21 when he enlisted in Company I, 48th OVI on January 10, 1862 at Camp Dennison. The regiment was mustered into federal service on February 17th. Wilson was 5'10 1/2" tall with fair complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair.
Wilson was killed during the first day of battle at Shiloh, April 6, 1862, and was buried on the battlefield. Four years later, he and other fallen Union soldiers were reburied in the National Military Cemetery there. His grave is unmarked.