5th MI Infantry, Company F(1840 – 1925) (Also known as Mentor, Minturn, Minter, Winton) Born Sept. 7, 1840 in Palmer, Saratoga County, NY at age 23 John W. Menter enlisted as a private in the 5th MI Infantry, Company F on August 28, 1861. His residence at that time was listed as Superior Twp., Washtenaw County, MI. He spent some of his service time in Company D and was promoted to Full Sergeant, Company F, on Feb. 15, 1865 (estimated date). John W. Menter was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action on April 6, 1865 during the battle of Sailor’s Creek, VA. His citation reads “Capture of flag”. John Menter survived the war and was mustered out on July 5, 1865 at Jeffersonville, IN. On the 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedule he reported disabilities of spine and back injuries, chronic diarrhea, and rheumatism.
On Feb. 12,1865 John married Alice M. Lee and the couple made their home in Southfield and Bloomfield Townships, Oakland County, MI where John worked as a farm laborer and a blacksmith. The Menters had two children: Mary E. (1867-1884) and Blanch (1869?-1870). By 1900 the Menters had moved to Ovid, Clinton Twp., MI where John worked as a Deputy Sheriff until his death on April 18, 1925 at the age of 85. John William Menter is buried in the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, MI.