Short Bios | Matthew T. Lutz

Captain Matthew T. Lutz, 49th Ohio Infantry
By Michael A. Peake

Matthew Lutz, age 25, mustered into Company “B,” 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a corporal on August 17, 1861. He was promoted to sergeant on November 1. Lutz campaigned with the 49th Ohio through Kentucky, into Tennessee where he fought in the battle of Shiloh. At the end of May 1862, he marched with the regiment into Corinth, Mississippi, after the Confederate evacuation of the town. During the move east toward Chattanooga, he was promoted to 1st sergeant on June 18 while the regiment camped along the Tennessee River near Tuscumbia. Lutz participated in the battle of Stones River where he was wounded on December 31, 1862. He saw action at Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and the numerous battles resulting from the offensive against Atlanta. Lutz received promotion to 2nd lieutenant on March 10, 1864 and fought in some of the last battles of the war at Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee before being sent to Texas in response to French activity along the Mexican border. He was mustered out as captain of Company “F,” 49th Ohio on November 30, 1865 at Victoria, Texas.

Reverse shows female lithograph surmounted by O. B. Palmer, Photographist, Farrar Hall, Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Captain Matthew T. Lutz
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129693