Birth: Aug. 21, 1825, Mississippi...
Death: Feb. 17, 1910.
Wife: Julia B. Peterson Alter (1836 - 1900).
Children: Harry, William, Clara, James.
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, McLean County, Illinois.
According to official roster of the 75th OVI he mustered in on September 26, 1861 at age 36. He was appointed 1st Sgt from Sgt on January 20, 1863. Promoted to 1st Lt to date June 11, 1863. Wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa. Promoted to Captain of Co. F on April 31, 1864. Captured August 17, 1864 at Gainesville, Fl. POW for 7 months at Camp Asylum, South Carolina.
Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War Of The Rebellion.
Joseph B. Alter, Captain; Age 36; Enlisted September 26, 1861, for 3 years. Promoted from First Lieutenant Co. A., April 13, 1864; Mustered out March 16, 1865.