Anton Eberly

Anton Eberly was born in 1837, in France or Germany.

Anton, who was unable to read or write, left Europe and immigrated to the United States, probably settling in Ohio sometime before the war broke out.

In fact, he married Ohio native Mary Stuhlmiller or Stahlmiller (1842-1913), who was also unable to read or write, on May 8, 1861 in Massillion, Stark County, Ohio, and they had at least five children: Louisa S. (b. 1867), Phillip Edward (b. 1869), George Franklin (b. 1874), Mary E. (b. 1875) and Lewis Antony (b. 1885).

Anton was 24 years old and may have just recently arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Ohio when he enlisted in Company C on May 13, 1861, although he is not found in the 1905 Third Michigan Regimental history. (Company C was made up largely of German and Dutch immigrants, many of whom lived on the west side of the Grand River in Grand Rapids. This company was the descendant of the old Grand Rapids Rifles, also known as the “German Rifles”, a prewar local militia company composed solely of German troopers.) He was admitted to Chesapeake hospital at Fortress Monroe, Virginia on August 12, 1862, suffering from rheumatism and returned to duty October 1, 1862. On January 7, 1863, he was admitted to the Regimental hospital with intermittent fever, but was returned to duty two days later. He was again admitted to the Regimental hospital on February 10, 1863, with diarrhea and returned to duty on February 12.

He was present for duty until he was taken prisoner on November 20, 1863, at Mine Run, Virginia. He was confined in the prison at Andersonville, Georgia, and was admitted to the prison hospital on July 13, 1864, suffering from scorbutus.

Anton was paroled at Jacksonville, Florida on April 28, 1865, and reported to Camp Parole, Maryland on May 15, 1865. He was then sent to Camp Chase, Ohio on May 17 where he arrived on May 20, and was sent to the provost marshal in Columbus, Ohio on May 27. According to his military service record he was honorably discharged at Detroit on April 22, 1867, to date May 15, 1865.

Anton very likely returned to Ohio after the war. By 1870 he was still unable to read or write and working as an engineer (probably for a coal mine company) and living with his wife Mary and children in Lawrence, Stark County, Ohio. By 1880 Anton was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Franklin, Summit County, Ohio. By 1890 he was living in Geauga County, Ohio when he applied for an increase in his pension (no. 248,097), and in 1899 he was living in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, where he very likely lived the remainder of his life.

He was a Roman Catholic.

He was probably living at his home at 303 (rear) North Market Street in Akron, Ohio when he died on March 19, 1903, and was presumably buried in Akron.

In 1903 his widow applied for and received a pension no. 558,228.