|Name at Enlist||John Grell|
|Lived||ca. 1833 - 15 Apr 1862|
|Residence at Muster-In||Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI|
|Company at Enlistment||F|
|Rank at Enlistment||Private|
|Muster Date||12 Dec 1861|
|Cause of Death||disease|
|Death Location||Mississippi River Island No. 10|
|Burial Location||Mississippi River National Cemetery near Memphis, TN|
John Grell joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves "KK's Protectors" in honor of the 15th's first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.
The army listed Grell as living in Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI, unmarried, and age 28. He enlisted for three years on October 21, 1861 at Manitowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease in a hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on April 15, 1862 and buried at Mississippi River National Cemetery near Memphis, TN.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.88; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.504.