Posted By Norman Gasbarro on June 15, 2012
In researching the veterans of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, it is quickly noted that there are two men named John Seifert. One served in Company A and one served in Company C.
JOHN H. SEIFERT (1846-1891) – Company A
John H. Seifert was a miner from Schuylkill County who was 18 years old when he enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, at Pottsville, on the 29 February 1864. He was nearly 5′ 4″ tall, had light complexion, brown hair, and gray eyes. He was mustered into service on the day he enrolled and went sent off to the field to join the regiment as a replacement soldier. He served until he was discharged with his company on 30 July 1865.
John first applied for a pension on 23 July 1890 when the rules were sufficiently relaxed that his disability did not have to be war related. His wife, Sarah E. Seifert, applied for a widow’s pension on 10 October 1891, indicating that he died close to that date. Not much more is know about John H. Seifert.
JOHN SEIFERT (1846-1922) – Company C
John Seifert resided in Schuykill County when he enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, on 6 April 1865, at Pottsville. He was mustered in there on the same day and sent off to join the regiment in the field. At the time of his joining the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, he was 19 years old, was about 5′ 6″ tall, had a fair complexion, light hair and hazel eyes. He was working as a laborer at the time. He served until his company was discharged on 30 July 1865. In A History of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Charleston: The History Press, 2006), by J. Stuart Richards, no further information is given about him.
John Seifert applied for a pension on 19 April 1890, which he later received. His wife died before him and therefore there was no widow’s pension.
John Seifert died on 15 Jan 1922 and is buried with his wife, Debbacco Seifert, in Salem Evangelical Cemetery, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County. “Company C” is clearly noted on his grave marker.
This post is a continuation of the series on the men who served in Company A and Company C of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry.