July 11, 1830|
|Died||May 3, 1907
|Place of burial||Elmwood Cemetery
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1861—1865|
|Commands held||Siege Artillery — Army of the Cumberland
11th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery
|Spouse(s)||Louise Johanna Leibnitz|
Arnold Sutermeister (July 11, 1830 – May 3, 1907) was a Swiss-born contractor in the West of United States (business in Fort Wayne and Kansas City). Sutermeister was also a Captain in the Civil War where he commanded an artillery battery in the Western Theater.
Arnold Sutermeister was born in Zofingen, Switzerland on July 11, 1830. He studied architecture in Bern and Basel. After his father's death (in 1840) he came to Boston in 1846 with his mother and sister. He moved to Fort Wayne in 1857 where he worked as a mathematics teacher. In 1860 he married Louise Louise Johanna Leibnitz (1836–1906).
When the American Civil War began Sutermeister joined the Union army as Captain of the 11th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery on December 17, 1861. Serving in the Western Theater he participated in the Siege of Corinth, the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. During the Atlanta Campaign he commanded the siege artillery of the Army of the Cumberland. Sutermeister was mustered out with his unit on January 7, 1865.
After the war ended Sutermeister returned to Fort Wayne and moved to Kansas City, Missouri. He died on May 3, 1907 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. Among Sutermeister′s 8 children are: Arnold Henry Sutermeister (1869–1918); Paul Arthur, the grandfather of Martha L. Ludwig; and Charles Oscar (1867–1937), the father of Robert A. Sutermeister.
- Arnold Sutermeister at Find a Grave
- Short biography of his son Arnold Henry Sutermeister. In: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1921, Volume 83, p. 2342.
- ″Sutermeister, Arnold Papers, 1850–1865″ A short biography at River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
- Rowena G. Matthews: Martha L. Ludwig 1931–2006. A Biographical Memoir. National Academy of Sciences, 2011, p 4. And genealogy on Ancestry.com
- Remigius Sauerländer. Arnold Sutermeister, Architekt von Zofingen, Batteriekommandant im Amerik. Bürgerkrieg. Joh. Fehlmann, 1909