Deitemeyer's paternal great-great grandfather, Robert Fox, of Fostoria, Ohio, served with Company B, 55th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The unit marched back and forth through Virginia several times, serving in battles such as Petersburg, Winchester, Luray, Sperryville, Slaughter Mountain near Culpeper and Second Manassas. The group also marched to Arlington Heights to defend Washington. Fox developed leg problems because of all the marching, and received a medical discharge in October 1862.
Robert Fox's brother, Thomas Fox, a private in Company B of the 55th Ohio Volunteer Regiment, was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. Bone fragments were still working themselves out of his body 10 years later.
Deitemeyer also had seven family members on her paternal grandfather's side who went to war. Only two of them returned home.
These ancestors, who served with Ohio or Wisconsin units, have all been documented by Deitemeyer. They include two great-great uncles and five cousins. One of them, William H. Fox, was killed in action in Winchester. Abijah Fox died of smallpox at Belle Plain, and William Fox died of wounds received at the Battle of Antietam, Md.
When she's not researching family history, Deitemeyer is a music teacher at Spotswood Elementary School.
From The Free Lance-Star, December 23, 2000
According to the roster John H. Pearson enlisted in the 45th OVI as a private on July 10, 1862, at the age of 27. On August 19 he mustered into Company I. He transferred out of the regiment and into the Veteran Reserve Corps on December 5, 1864.