Lieut. Wm. V. Grose is a son of Solomon and Naomi (Miller) Grose, parents long ago deceased, and was born in Harrison county, Ind., Aug. 8, 1842. He came to Floyd county, Ind., in 1849 and was united in wedlock May 1, 1881, in this county in Bell Brown who was born in Harrison county, Ind., June 9, 1854. Her father, Goldsmith Brown is deceased, as is also her mother, Sarah (French) Brown. By this marriage there are two children, their births occurring in the order named – Mary E. and Charles A. By a former marriage occurring July 1, 1866, to Miss Charlotte Elliott, daughter of John and Caroline Elliott, seven children were born in the order here given: Carrie N., John K., Wm. E., Joseph R., Eddie, Etta and Geo. A., the latter two deceased. Mrs. Grose died Feb. 9, 1881. Our subject was a brickmaker and was 19 years of age when he enlisted during the first year of the war at New Albany, Ind. He was enrolled September, 1861, as a private in Co. K, 49th Ind.V.I., 13th A.C., and was subsequently promoted to 2nd Lieut. and 1st. Lieut. He was never wounded or in hospital but was furloughed for thirty days in the winter of 1862 from New Orleans, La., and returned to Berwick City at the end of time. Rejoining his command he was constantly on duty with it, taking part in the battles of Tazwell, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Grand Gulf, Muldro Hill, Champion Hill, Black River, Vicksburg, Jackson, Siege of Vicksburg, and several others. His service ended with his resignation, March 24, 1864, at Indianola, Tex. His father, Solomon Grose, served in Co. A, 4th Ky. Cav., and was killed in 1864 at Calhoun, Ga., in a skirmish. His brother, Nathan belonged to Co. A., 4th Ky. Cav. He also had two uncles in service, Sidney Miller in 12th Mo. Cav., and Jefferson Miller in same Regt., lost an arm in 1862. A third uncle, Wm. Grose served in 66th Ind. V. I., and was wounded at Richmond. He also had three cousins in service, William, Henry and James. Gen. Grose of Indiana is a relative of the subject of this sketch. Comrade Grose is agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
pg 1195 [with photo]
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike