Today's date: August 20, 2017


Joseph J. Gatzman
Pvt., 4th Minnesota Infantry
GAR - Lewis McCune Post 27, Minnesota
1837-1895

Joseph Gatzman is a native of Baden, Germany, born May 1, 1837. He remained in the old country until 1857, when he came to the United States, first locating in Scott County, Minnesota, where he remained until 1861, when he moved to Faribault, Rice County. While there, in October 1861, he enlisted in Company C, 4th Minnesota Infantry, under Colonel Sanborn, and served for four years and nine months. Joseph was in fourteen pitched battles and at Mission Ridge was wounded and sent to the hospital. He was discharged in Santa Fe, New Mexico and returned to Faribault, where he resided until coming to Waseca, Minnesota in 1868. On the fourteenth of March 1868, he was married to Miss Augusta Roesssler, a native of Michigan City, Indiana. They were the parents of three children, Emma, Edith and Kate.

Mr. Gatzman was a member of Lewis McKune Post No. 27, Grand Army of the Republic, and of Comee Lodge, No 25, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The latter of which, he was Vice-Grand. In early 1868 he opened a grocery store and saloon in Waseca, Minnesota. He and his family are buried in Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.