Biography of Horace Breningstall
Monroe County, MI Biographies

HORACE BRENINGSTALL, of Petersburgh, Summerfield township, a broom handte manufacturer, was born in Dundee July 18, 1843. His parents were Seth and Lucy (Hobart) Breningstall. Horace remained in Dundee until 1852, when he came to Raisinville township, where he remained until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted May 20, 1861, in Co. A, 4th Mich. Inf., as corporal, remaining with the regiment until it was mustered out of service June 30, 1864. He reenlisted March 21, 1865, in Co. I, 5th U. S. Vet. Vol., as private, and was mustered Out March 21, 1866. Through exposure he contracted rheumatism; he participated in the battles of New Bridge, Hanover Court House, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, Savage's Station, Antulaus, White Oak Swamp, Gainesville. second Bull Run, Malvern Hill, Chancelloraville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania and several other engagements. He is a member of Morgan Parker Post, No. 281, G. A. R., of which he is commander. He was married July 11, 1868, to Elizabeth Main. Three children were born to them: Reuben, born March 31, 1869; Susan A., born Nov. 18, 1873, and Phila Addie, born March 14. 1880. He is a Republican in politics, and has held several township offices and postmaster. He is also a member of the Masonic Order.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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