Fourth Sergeant Stephen Cretzmeyer

Fourth Sergeant Stephen Cretzmeyer was born on November 14, 1838 in Freiburg Baden, Germany and died December 14, 1920 in Waverly, IA.

Stephen Cretzmeyer entered the Infantry on October 19, 1861, in Muscatine, IA, served during the Civil War era and reached the rank of Fourth Sergeant before being discharged on July 19, 1865 in Louisville, KY.

Stephen Cretzmeyer is buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

  • Prisoner of War: Yes

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Taken prisoner at Atlanta July 22, ’64 and exch. 9-22-64 Prom. 4 Cpl 11-29-63 Re-enlist 1-4-64, Prom 3 Cple 7-1-64, 2 cpl 1-1-65, 5 Sgt 4-1-65 – 4 sgt. 7-1-1865. Born in Freiberg Baden Germany Nov. 14 1838 Came to America (Columbia Co. New York) in 1847; came to Iowa in 1852; with his brothers he started a brick yeard here; later purchased a farm east of Waverly. He was married Nov. 3. 1872 to Elizabeth Gishbert. Promoted to 4 Corp 11-29-1863, re-enlisted 1-4-1864, made 3 Corp 7-1-64 and 2 corp 1-1-65, prom. to 5 sgt 5-1-65 and to 4 sgt 7-1-65. One son Albert was in world war and deceased in Jan 1930, two other sons were deceased young (Edward and Aloysius)