Gottlieb and Frederick joined company A, 17th Missouri in August 1861 at St. Louis Missouri. The 17th Missouri Regimental Descriptive Roll indicates that Gottlieb enlisted as a private age 39 and had been employed as a mason. His son Frederick is listed as musician age 17 and was a laborer. We have located what we believe is Johann Fredrick's drum at the California Veteran's Home at Yountville, California. According to Fredrick's death certificate he spent his last years at the Yontville Veterans Home. The drum has the same general features as the drum in the picture. The strap appears to have blood stains that could be those of his father Johann Gottlieb who was wounded at the battle of Raymond. They were taken prisoner and later released when Sherman captured Jackson about a month later.
Thank you for the information and permission to post their picture on the 17th Missouri Web Site.
The Redwood Gazette
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Thursday January 5, 1893
Comrade Gottlieb Dietzman Last Roll Call
After a short illness, at his home in this city, Gottlieb Dietzman died last Friday afternoon, December 30, 1892 at the age of 69 years. Heart disease was the cause.
He was one of the oldest settlers of Redwood county. He was born in Germany in 1824 and before coming to this country learned the trade of a stone cutter. Some years after his marriage to the surviving widow he emigrated to this country and settled in St. Louis in 1845 where he remained and at the breaking out of the war in 1861 enlisted the day following the capture of Camp Jackson, for three months service in the 5th Missouri Home Guards, and on the 23rd of August, the three monthss having expired, he re-enlisted for three years in Co. A, 17th Missouri Infantry and took an active part in the service. At the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi on May 12, 1863, he lost his right arm and was left in the enemy's lines with his son Fred to nurse him, and when Grant retook Raymond on the Jackson Campaign he was liberated and sent to Vicksburg, after which he acted as guard at the St. Louis arsenal until honorably discharged and pensioned. He moved to Minnesota in 1868 and located in the town of Sherman this county, and about twelve years ago removed to this city. Deceased was a member of John Marsh Post G.A.R.and an honored and respected citizen.The funeral took place at the Lutheran Church last Sunday under the auspicesof the G.A.R. and the impressive services conducted by Rev. Hanson were listened to by as many of the congregation as the edifice would hold. Deceased leaves behind to mourn his demise a family consisting of the widow and five children: Fred, Minnie Knipple, Mollie Glumnl, Gustav and Edward, who have the sympathy of the entire community. The family of the late Gottlieb Dietzman desire to express their earnest and heartfelt thanks to the many kind friends who lent their aid and comfort during his final illness and after the death of the departed especially do we appreciate the sympathy and help extended by the comrades of the G.A.R. and the W.R.C. of Redwood Falls.