Col. John Dinsmoor

A real son of a Civil War veteran has passed away. Brother John W. Dinsmoor, Colonel, USAF (Ret) died on 4 November 2013 at the age of 85. His father was Civil War veteran Pvt. Samuel P. Dinsmoor of Company B in the 116th Ohio Infantry.


Brother Dinsmoor joined the SUVCW on 14 Jan 1996 as a member of Centennial Camp 100. He later transferred his membership to Legion of the West Camp 7. Dinsmoor’s internment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado with full military honors.

Dinsmoor’s father was Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher and Civil War veteran. He was also a farmer and Populist politician, and began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64. He married 20 year old Emilie Brozek and had two children John and Emily. Samuel Dinsmoor was born in Coolville, Ohio in 1843 and passed away in Lucas, Kansas in 1932 at the age of 85.

In honor of Brother Dinsmoor and his father, the SUVCW Commander-in-Chief has ordered the national website to be draped in black for 30 days pursuant to General Order #9, Series 2013-2014 (pdf).

Few real children of Civil War veterans remain. Click here (pdf) for a list as of October 2013.