Munson Granger

Munson Granger, also known as "Manson," was born 1845 in Cayuga County, New York, the son of Joseph (b. 1811) and Esther (b. 1811).

New York natives Joseph and Esther were married and settled in New York by 1840 and resided there for some years. Between 1848 and 1855 Joseph settled his family in Michigan, and by 1860 Munson was attending school with his siblings and living on the family farm in Berlin, Ionia County.

Munson stood 5’6” with black eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was a 19-year-old farmer possibly living in Boston or in Berlin, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D on January 27, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Boston, and was mustered the same day; he was possibly related to Peter Granger from Ionia County and who also served in Company D. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

Munson joined the Regiment on March 6 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and probably spent very little if any time with the Regiment. According to George Fargo who also served in Company D and who was also from Ionia County, he wrote home in late February of 1864 “Munson Granger had the measles the next day after he got here and is around again.” Indeed, he was absent sick in the hospital in May, and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He remained absent sick until he died of disease on October 10, 23, 25 or 28, 1864, at Alexandria, Virginia, and was buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, although he is also noted as interred in Saranac cemetery: lot 13.

No pension seems to be available.

By 1870 his parents were still living in Berlin, Ionia County.