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Riegel Family Veterans of Pennsylvania Civil War Regiments (Part 1 of 7)

Posted By on October 1, 2012

Part 1 of 7.  In a prior post, one branch of the Riegel family’s origins in America was presented – that of Mattheis Riegell (born about 1615) of Bad Muenster, Palatinate, Germany, who married Maria Werner.  They had a son, Jost Riegell (1615-1687) who married Maria Honen (or Hoenen).  Their son, Cornelius Riegel (1674-175) was the immigrant who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733, with his wife Anna Gertrude Ehrmann, and their family.  Two of the sons of Cornelius and Anna Gertrude had preceded the family by arriving in Philadelphia in 1732.

From Philadelphia, the members of this family migrated first to Berks County and later westward, with many of the descendants ending up in the Lykens Valley while others went to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa.

During the Civil War, more than 100 different men with the Riegel surname (or some variation of the name) served in Pennsylvania regiments.  Some of these men will be presented in this and future posts.  For many, the connection has already been made to the line of Matheis Riegel.  For others, very little is known.  It is hoped that readers will help complete the stories and genealogies of each of the men named Riegel.

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Abraham Reigle (dates unknown).  Mercereau Independent Cavalry, Company C, Militia of 1863.

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Abraham A. Riggle (c. 1826-1889).  6th Pennsylvania Artillery, Company K, Private.  Enrolled at Pittsburgh.  Mustered in at Pittsburgh, 1 September 1864.  Mustered out 13 Jun 1865.  Married Sinthia Hancock Fry.  [Note:  appears in Dr. Samuel Riegel‘s history as 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township].

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Abraham John Riggle (1837-1922).  Also known as “Riggles.”  63rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, Private; 99th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, Private; and 105th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, Private.  Mustered in 27 Jul7 1863, Allegheny County.  Mustered out 19 September 1864.  Occupation: Laborer.  Height:  5′ 9″.  Complexion: Florid.  Eyes: Gray.  Hair: Dark.  Married Elizabeth Smith.

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Absalom Riggle

Absalom B. Riggle (1846-1942).  Also known as “Abraham.”  14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Companies C, F, and K, Private.  Mustered in 15 September 1864.  Wounded in the right shoulder.  Mustered out at Philadelphia on 26 August 1865.  Married Susanna Farster (or Farester).  Buried at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Brick Church, Armstrong Co., Pennsylvania.  Grave photo is from Ancestry.com.

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Amos Riggle (c. 1843-?).  15th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K, Private.  Mustered in at Carlisle, 30 August 1862.  Deserted at Nashville, Tennessee, 10 February 1863.  Residence:  Jefferson, Pennsylvania.

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Amos Riegel (1816-1898).  34th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company F, 2nd Lieutenant.  Mustered in 1 July 1863.  Mustered out on 10 August 1863.  First married Mary Ann Hoffman.  Second married Abigail Arner.  Buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Lehighton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  Included in Dr. Samuel Riegel’s history, page 2-160.

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Andrew Jackson Riggle (1835-1912).  22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, Private.  Mustered in 26 August 1862.  Absent at muster out due to assignment in detached service.  Married Elizabeth Mary Reaves, who survived him.   Included in Dr. Samuel Riegel‘s history as 5th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.

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Benjamin Reiggle (c. 1846-?).  Also known as Riegle and Reiggles.  202nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  Mustered in at New Baltimore, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 6 September 1864.  Mustered out 3 August 1865.

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Benjamin Reigel (c. 1845-1866).  Also known as Riegle.  76th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, Private.  Mustered in at Reading, Berks County, 16 October 1864.  Mustered out on 18 July 1865.  Wife’s name:  Maria.  Buried at Riegel Church Cemetery, Grimesville, Pennsylvania.

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Benjamin Riggle (c. 1845-?).  194th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, Private.  Mustered in at Harrisburg, 20 July 1864, at age 18 and then transferred, date and organization unknown.  Another record indicates that Benjamin Riggle enrolled in the 194th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K on 18 July 1864 at age 20 and then deserted 21 July 1864.  This is possibly two different men with the same name.

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Benjamin F. Rigle (c. 1836-?).  18th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1862), Company E, Private.  Mustered in at Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Mustered out on 25 September 1862.

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Casper Reigel (1833-1920).  Also known as Reager, Riegar, and Reryer. 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Corporal.   Discharged on Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability, 1 August 1863.  Re-enlisted Veteran in 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Corporal.  Mustered in on 3 September 1864 and mustered out on 1 June 1865.  Married Aurelia Sowers.  Living in Herndon, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1890.  Possibly buried in Peifer’s Evangelical Cemetery, Herndon, Northumberland County, Philadelphia.

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Charles A. Riggels

Charles A. Riggels (1845-1928).  Also known as Rigles and Reagle.  100th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, Private.  Mustered in on 8 March 1864 and mustered out on 24 Jul 1865.  Married Mary Jane Hart.  Buried at Malat Cemetery, Rockland Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.  Photo from Ancestry.com.

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Charles M. Riggle (?-?).  58th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company B, Private.  Mustered in 1 July 1863.  Mustered out on 15 Aug 1863.

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Charles E. Riegel

Charles Edward Riegel (1837-1889).  Also known as Reigel, Reigle and Riegle.  6th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1862), Company E, Private.  Mustered in 15 September 1862 at Halifax, Dauphin County, and mustered out 28 September 1862. 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863) [also known as the Home Guards], Company C, 2nd Lieutenant.  Mustered in July 1863 and discharged in Aug 1863.   210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Lieutenant and then Captain.  Mustered in 12 April 1865 and mustered out on 30 May 1865. First married Mary Jane Fetterhoff.  Second married Anna Elizabeth Platt.  Believed by some to be buried in East Harrisburg Cemetery but actually buried in Fisherville, Dauphin County, at Messiah Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Photo of grave marker is from Ancestry.com.

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Charles F. Reigel (c. 1838-before 1890).  Also known as “Charles F.” and Riegle.  14th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  Mustered in at Harrisburg, 27 April 1861.  Mustered out on 7 August 1861.  At the time his residence was Reading, Berks County, and his occupation was moulder.  Re-enlisted on 1 December 1861 in 5th U.S. Artillery, Company M, as a Private.  Re-enlisted again at Brandy Station, Virginia, in 5th U.S. Artillery.  Mustered out on 28 March 1864.  wife’s name was Lavinia.  She was living in Philadelphia as a widow in 1890.

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Christian Reigle (c. 1842-?).  Also known as Riegle and Riggle. 104th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, Private.  At the time of his muster in at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 15 February 1865, he was a farmer living in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  He was mustered out on 25 August 1865.  Records indicate he was born in Blair County, Pennsylvania.  His height was 5′ 5″.  Complexion:  Light.  Eyes:  Blue.  Hair:  Light.

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Clark Riggle (? – ?).  58th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company B, Private.  Mustered in on 1 July 1863 and mustered out on 15 August 1863.

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Cyrus E. Reagle (1836-1906).  Also known as Cyrus N. Reagle5th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company M, Private, Artifice and Saddler.  Residence:  Venango County, Pennsylvania.  Occupation:  Cabinet Maker.  Mustered in at Washington, D.C., on 6 October 1861.  Captured on 7 February 1863.  Not on muster out roll.  Wife’s name was Kate.  He is believed to be buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio.

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Continued tomorrow.  For a list of all posts in this series, click here.

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