George B. Fritzius was the grandson of Johan George (J.G.)Fritzius ( 1780/ 81- Circa 1845)& Catharine Eva nee Jordan (Eva Catharine)(1780/81 -circa 1846)They settled in Mifflin Port Perry, PA. I have lots more on this family if anyone is interested
George B. Fritzius (Fritz)
Born Jan. 14,1838DiedMay 31,1917
Port Perry, Pa.North Braddock, Pa.
of Lumbar Pneumonia
after being sick for 12 days
Pension Certificate Number: 301.575
File Number: X.C.2.695-439
George was born in Port Perry, Pa. on Jan. 14,1838 to William Fritzius (Fritz) and unknown mother. When he enlisted in the army on Apr. 17, 1861 in Pittsburgh, Pa. during the Civil War, he was described as being 23 years old, 5’8” tall, fair complexion, light hair and blue eyed (although other descriptions say he had gray eyes). He was sworn in as a Private on June 27,1861, in Company C, 37thPa. Regiment, Infantry, 8th Pa. Reserves Volunteers under the command of Capt. George S. Galloup. When he enlisted, he stated his occupation was that of a carpenter. He enlisted for a period of 3 years. He served with the Army of the Potomac, and fought in the Seven Days Fight, South Mountain, Antietam, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va. on Dec.. 13,1862. He was reported as a prisoner of war at Richmond,Va. on Dec. 17,1862. He was paroled at City Point, Va. on Jan. 9, 1863 and reported to Camp Parole, Md. on Jan. 11,1863. He fought in the Battle of Wilderness in Virginia and was wounded in the left arm on May 6, 1864. He was hospitalized for this wound for six days at Lincoln Hospital. This wound left him partially disabled for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged on May 24, 1864 in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a Second Sergeant.
After the war, he returned to Port Perry, which is very near Braddock-almost the same place. He married Emma Marks on Nov. 10,1864 at the 5th Ave. M.E. Church (Methodist) in Pittsburgh. They had seven children: Oct.10, 1865, still born, Jennie Nolan-May 21, 1868, Hallie Blanche (Schooly) either Nov.19,1871 or Nov. 21, 1870, Edith Cora July 5, 1874 or July 5, 1873, Anna Mable (C.C. Anderson) Nov. 19, 1876 or 11/21/77, George Kirk, Nov. 25, 1879 and Lou Emma (Wilson), July 10,1883 or 7/10/82. ( Dates for births of children are listed differently in two different places in the records- First recorded date from 1898 record, second from 1915 record).
In 1909 he applied for a Pension and had to explain why he enlisted as George B. Fritz and now he is called Geo. B. Fritzius. The following is the explanation he gave:
“That the correct spelling of his surname is Fritzius. That the reason for signing Fritz was that his Grandfather whose name was Fritzius moved into an English speaking settlement in Mifflin Township, opposite Braddock, Pa. and the inhabitants called him Fritz. He had seven sons who then wrote their names as Fritz, those sons also had large families, of which Geo. was one. All of them not knowing better also wrote their names as Fritz. Five of those grandchildren served in the Civil War and enlisted under the name of Fritz. After the war they all discovered that the name of Fritzius was marked on their Grandparents tomb stones. Upon inquiry they found that the spelling was correct and consequently officially his brothers and cousins all spelled their names as Fritzius ever since.” There is supposed to be a more complete explanation of this in the application of Elizabeth Fritzius, Pension Certificate# 619,796, widow of Lewis C. Fritzius who enlisted as Lewis Fritz and who was a cousin of George. (I got that record and found less of an explanation)
There are several affidavits from friends affirming that in fact the two Georges were one and the same. One was from a man by the name of Alexander Law, who said he was raised with him and served with him during the War. Another was from Samuel Law, his brother.