George H. Koch was born in Pomeroy, O., April 26, 1846, and moved to Floyd Co., Ind., in 1859. His father, John H. Koch has passed away, but his mother, whose maiden name was Annie M. Minich is still spared, age 76 years. Aug. 22, 1867, he was married in New Albany, to Annie A. Kesler who was born at that place, Oct. 13, 1849. Her father, David W. Kesler is deceased, as is also her mother, Elizabeth (Gaff). One child was the issue of this union: Flora A.† Comrade Koch was a clerk when the late Civil war began and was 17 years old at the time of his enlistment, which occurred Sept., 1863, at New Albany, Ind. In Co. B, 13 Ind. V. Cav., as bugler and was promoted to chief bugler of the Brig., under Gen. G. M.L. Johnson. He was never wounded or in hospital, although he was off duty a short time at Huntsville, and Nashville, on account of chills and fever. His active hostilities were the battles of Huntsville, Nashville, Mobile, Siege and Capture of Mobile, Wilsonís Raid and numerous minor engagements and skirmishes. The war having come to a close, and his services being no longer required, he was honorably discharged Dec. 9, 1865, at Indianapolis, Ind.† Comrade Koch and family are members of German M.E. church in which he is trustee, he belongs to Sanderson Post, in which he was J.V. and P. P. C. and Past J.V.C., Dept. of Ind., G.A.R.; he has also been councilman four years, and present member Dept. of administration, Dept. of Ind. G.A.R.; he is also past Com. Of New Albany Commandary and also an honorary member of Louisville Com., and Morning Star Order A.O.U.W., he is a retired merchant and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike