49th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

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Private Daniel J. Riggel, Company I. His name is also spelled Riggle, Riegle, Riegel and Reigel. He was part of the ''New'' Co. I after the regiment was reconstituted. Died September 27, 1901 in Beavertown, Snyder Co., PA. Wounded by gunshot twice in head on 10 May 1864 at Battle of Spotsylvania. The 49th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. was the first unit on the right in the second line of Col. Upton's column when he broke into the ''Mule Shoe'' at Spotsylvania when they charged at 1800 hr. This line entered the break made by the first line and took the second line of Confederate entrenchments. When ordered to leave, the 49th Penn. Vol. Inf. was the last unit to leave the Confederate works and suffered 246 casualties (including Daniel) out of 479 men in the regiment (>51%) including the death of the regiment's Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel. Daniel's head wounds would be consistent with fighting from the captured earthworks. He went to hospital and then on furlough home. When he returned he was in convalescent camp in VA until his return to duty in time to accompany his regiment to Harper''s Ferry [West Virginia] and Winchester, Virginia. He there developed further ailments, but served until his unit was mustered out. It is likely he served with the regiment on the VI Corps return to Petersburg, VA, and was present when the regiment saw action at Hatcher's Run, the breakthrough on April 2nd, the pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia, and the battle of Saylor's Creek. [Official Records of the War of the Rebellion; Pension Records for Daniel Riggle; Visit by Jay Rarick to the Fredricksburg, Chancelorsville, Spotsylvania Battlefields National Military Park on 26 Nov 2004.] From the PA Civil War Pension Records (PA Archives web site): REIGLE/RIGGEL, DANIEL, mustered in 26 Feb 1864, three years, mustered out with company 15 Jul 1865. Enrolled at Harrisburg Pa. aged 38, laborer, 5''8'' tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair. Born Union Co. Pa.

John W. Russell enlisted in Co. B, 49th PVI, as a private on August 15, 1861. At the time, he was 30 years old and lived in West Chester Pennsylvania with his wife Eliza and their five children. His occupation was a carriage painter. He was promoted to corporal on November 1, 1861; sergeant on May 21, 1862; transferred to Co. D and promoted to 1st sergeant on January 11, 1863; 2nd lieutenant on March 16, 1864; and captain on November 30, 1864. John was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia on May 10, 1864, but survived the war and lived in Media, Pennsylvania. After the death of Eliza, he married for a second time to Katherine Woodward and they had a son. John was a member of Bradbury Post GAR in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, helped organize a company of infantry and was commissioned captain of Young’s Rifles on February 3, 1877. Later, the company name was changed to Cooper’s Rifles, which became Company G, 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard. Captain John W. Russell is buried in Media Cemetery, Media Pennsylvania.

David Hayes Johns and his brother Benjamin Franklin Johns were both wounded on May 10, 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Their brother, Samuel A. Johns, served in Co. H of the 49th Pennsylvania and another brother, Joseph Johns, served in 29th Pennsylvania, Co. E.

Private William Beaver, Company H, was a regimental drummer and was invalided out in February of 1863 due to a wound received at Golding's Farm, Virginia on June 28th, 1862. In 1864 he rejoined the army as a veteran volunteer in Company L, 102nd Pennsylvania for the defense of Washington and remained there until the end of the war.

Private Charles Newingham, Company B, was killed at Spotsylvania. He was a single man and without descendants.

Corporal Lemuel Evans, Company E, was drafted in June of 1864, wounded in action at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, promoted to Corporal in May of 1865, and mustered out on July 15, 1865.

At twenty-nine years of age, Isaac Hamilton Getz was drafted as a private in Company F of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The Regiment, formed at the start of the war, had lost many men as casualties and many more when their three year enlistments ended. The remaining men, and those who re-enlisted, were consolidated into four companies of veterans (Company A through Company D) and the other companies (Company E through Company K) were reformed with new men. With the exception of Company I (which was regularly enlisted), these new men were draftees. Company K, raised near Pittsburgh, arrived too late to see action. The regiment was part of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps. Priate Getze arrived around 23 Aug 1864 at Harper's Ferry (Bolivar Heights) for service with the regiment in the Shenandoah Valley with Sheridan and the Army of the Shenandoah. He served with the regiment on the VI Corps' return to Petersburg, Virginia, and was present when the regiment saw action at Hatcher's Run, the breakthrough on April 2nd, the pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia, and the Battle of Saylor's Creek. He mustered out with his company at the end of the War. Isaac was promoted to Full Corporal on 25 May 1865 and was a charter member of the Major William H. Byers Post, No. 384 (subsequently reorganized as Post No. 612), Department of Pennsylvania, G.A.R. He received a pension until death in 1901.

Private Wilson Duck, Company I, died on May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House.

Private Andrew C. Brown enlisted on September 7, 1861 in the 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E and transferred to Company D on January 11, 1863. He was wounded on May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia and died of wounds received. His children were placed in a Home for Friendless Children.

According to his pension records and other sources, Reuben Lewis Maurer enlisted on August 24, 1862 and was mustered into Company I as a private at Juniata, Pennsylvania. His Captain was Calvin Dewitts and he was to serve three years. His Certificate of Disability for Discharge stated that he was 5'10" tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. He also served under a Colonel Irwin. During an engagement with the enemy at Antietam Creek, Maryland (Sept. 16-17, 1862) his regiment was forced to ford the creek. He caught cold from the affects of the exposure and was compelled to lie on the ground. This event brought on chronic rheumatism and "anchylosis" of the left hip joint (a partial or total stiffening of joints by the growing together of bones). He was transferred to Company A, January 11, 1863. He was discharged for disability (1/3rd) from Antietam Hospital, Maryland on March 23, 1863 and returned thereafter to Waterford. This disability allowed him a pension (Certificate #72.929). His invalid application was filed January 19, 1866. His wife Sophia filed for and received a pension (Certificate #227.875). They moved to Michigan in 1866. Toward the end of his life, he suffered from dropsy (the accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the body, especially the legs). Dr. Robert McElrath of Scotts, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, treated Reuben for his problems and stated that he had "no doubt that the above difficulties were the cause of his death".

Private William Kelley, Company G, was wounded at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

Private William Downing, Company D, was killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse. He was a brother of Captain Joseph Downing, F & S, and a first cousin of 1st Lieutenant Benjamin H. Downing, Company E.

Private Patrick Michael McIntosh, Company E, was from Poplar Run, Juniata Twp., Blair County. He was killed in the 3rd Battle of Winchester, September 19, 1864 and is interred at the National Cemetery there.

Private Daniel Symmerman, Company A, served from May 30, 1864 until July 15, 1865. He was wounded at the Battle of Harper’s Farm (one of three engagementsfought at Sayler's Creek) on April 6, 1865.

Private John Shank, Company H, from Cambria County, was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

Private Amos Yeager, Company F, was killed May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House.



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