This is really exciting to me so I thought I would make a separate post about it. I have much more research to do, especially on his unit (which even has a monument at Gettysburg. I've attached a picture of it.) but this was a really cool find today. I will write more about this for sure.
John C. Hofstetter, Private in Company D, 3rd Indiana Cavalry
I am working on a post on my ancestors in the Civil War. As I was working on it today, I just found another one that I had no idea about. John Hofstetter, who came to the United States from Switzerland, was my great-great grandfather, the closest ancestor to me who was in the war (joining a couple g-g-g grandfathers and great uncles) and he's also the one who was involved in the most big battles, including famous ones like Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and more.
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