ISAAC G. PEETREY, retired grocer, London, born in London January 27, 1839. A sketch of his parents will be found
in this work. Our subject was reared and educated in London, and in early life assisted his father on the farm.
When sixteen years of age, he commenced active business as a clerk for John M. Smith, a pioneer merchant of London,
in the dry goods line. He remained with him till his death, in the spring of 1858. Mr. Peetrey continued as a clerk
until the war broke out. Then, with three others, including Charles L. Cover, of London. he went to Springfield,
Ohio, and enlisted in Company F., Second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, "ninety days men." He accompanied
the regiment to Washington, and participated in the first battle of Bull Run. At the expiration of the ninety days,
he was mustered out, but immediately reenlisted in the Twenty seventh Regiment, but six weeks later, came home.
In August, 1862, he again reenlisted, this time in Company B, Ninety fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and
in 1863 was made Second Lieutenant of the company. The following year (1864) he was promoted to First Lieutenant
and Adjutant. He accompanied Sherman, when the latter "marched down to the sea," but was captured, in
June, 1864, at Guntown, Miss., and was in the rebel prisons at Macon and Savannah, Ga.; was thence transported
to those at Charleston and Columbia, S. C., and exchanged at Wilmington, N. C., March 5. 1865, after nine months'
imprisonment. He then returned home on a short furlough, but was soon ordered to report for duty at Mobile, Ala.
He was finally mustered out in August, 1865. For two months, he was Provost Marshal of a war district in Mississippi,
with headquarters at Enterprise, in that State. After his return to London, he purchased the interest owned by
James M. Warner, of Wildman & Warner, grocers, and was in that business till May, 1882, a period of seventeen
years. He then disposed of his stock to W. S. Squires and L. G. McCollum. Mr. Peetrey is a member of the Masonic
Lodge. Chapter and Council, of London, Palestine Jommandery, Knights Templar, of Springfield, and Lyons Post, G.
A. R., and American Legion of Honor, also of London. Politically, Mr. Peetrey is a strong Democrat. Gov. Bishop
appointed him one of the Directors of the Ohio Penitentiary. which position he held two years. He has been Chairman
of the County Democratic Central Committee for a number of years. He was married, in August, 1863, to Delia Willis,
a native of Pleasant Township, this county. They have two children - Willis G. and Donna P. Mrs. Peetrey is a member
of the Universalist Church.
History of Madison County, Ohio
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