The Koontz family hailed from Edinburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
George Koontz (1839-1925) enlisted in the Eighth Star New Market Artillery, Captain Rice's artillery battery, in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War and served all four years in the artillery. George reenlisted in 1862, was appointed 1st Sgt., and was reassigned to the Danville artillery in September of 1862, when the Eighth Star New Market Artillery merged with the Danville Artillery. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in September of 1864. George Koontz was wounded during the Petersburg Siege. After the war, George Koontz married Mary C. "Molly" Newman. He served as the Edinburg county Treasurer for 30 years, from 1874 to 1904, and was also the Commander of the Shenandoah Camp of Confederate Veterans.
Milton Koontz (1840/41? - 1867), the brother of George, enlisted in 1862 and also joined the Eighth Star New Market Artillery. Like George, Milton was reassigned to the Danville artillery in 1862, but transferred to the 23rd Virginia Cavalry in 1864.
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