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Riegel Family Veterans of Pennsylvania Civil War Regiments (Part 4 of 7)

Posted By on October 11, 2012

Part 4 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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John Frederick Reagle (1841-1923).  In Civil War records as John F. Reagle.  Death date is reported in one record as 1903, but could not be possible as he applied for a pension in 1904. He should not be confused with John Frederick Riegle (1846-1923), previously mentioned in another post, who served in the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry.   This John Frederick Reagle served in the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, Corporal.  Enrolled at Upper Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, mustered into service at Harrisburg, 10 October 1862, and mustered out at completion of service on 24 July 1863.  By occupation, he was a laborer.  He married Christina Anna Beck.  At the time of his enlistment, he lived in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

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John Riggle (1840-c. 1862).  Also known as John Albert Reagle 57th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, Private.  Enrolled in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, mustered in at Harrisburg, 13 November 1861.  In 1861, he was a farmer residing in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  He was 5’10” tall, had fair complexion, blue eyes and light hair.  It is believed that John Riggle died during the war since was “not accounted for” from about 1862. He was the son of William C. Reagle (believed to be William Charles Reagle who died in Venango County, Pennsylvania, in 1893) and Mary A. Reagle, both of whom applied for survivor pension benefits.  The father did not receive the benefits, but the mother did.  John also had a brother, Charles A. Reagle (1845-1928).

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John Reigle (1817-1867).  35th Pennsylvania Infantry (6th Reserves), Company B, Private.  This John Reigle enrolled at Port Treverton, Pennsylvania, and was mustered in at Washington, D.C., 24 July 1861.  He was discharged on 24 February 1862 on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  He had a brother, Daniel K. Reigle (1827-1875), who also served in the Civil War.  John married Catharine Riegel (a cousin).  He is buried at Keiser’s Cemetery, Fairview, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

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John Riegle

John Riegle (1835-1874) is mentioned in Dr. Samuel Riegel‘s history, page 2-37, as a Civil War soldier, but his regiment and company have not been yet identified.  He was a 4th cousin to Harrison Riegle of Lykens TownshipJohn Riegle is buried at Jefferson Goar Cemetery, Winterset, Madison County, Iowa.  The grave photo is from Ancestry.com.

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John Jacob Reigle (1842-1873).  Also found as Riegel and Jacob J. Riegle 147th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, Private.  His brother John R. Reigle was a Sergeant in the same regiment and company.  John Jacob Reigle was a farmer from Snyder County, Pennsylvania, who enrolled in his home county and was mustered in at Harrisburg, 15 September 1862.  He served until discharge on 6 June 1865.  He married Catharine Kinney,  He is buried at the New Lutheran Cemetery, Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.

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John R. Reigel (1835-1924), the brother of John Jacob Reigle (1842-1873), above, was known as John Reigel Reigel (same middle name as surname), and in various spellings such as Riegle and Riegel.  He was a Sergeant in the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G.  John R. Reigel enrolled at his home county of Snyder where he was working as a laborer, was mustered into service as a Corporal on 15 September 1862, and was promoted to Sergeant on 20 March 1864.  He was wounded at Chancellorsville, 4 May 1863.  His discharge came at the end of his service, 6 June 1865.  He married Leah Houser.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township and can be found in Dr. Samuel Riegle‘s history, page 2-63 to 2-64.  John R. Reigel is buried at Witmer’s Cemetery, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

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John B. Riegle (c. 1845-1877).  51st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private.  He was from Easton, Pennsylvania, but was born in New York City.  He was a caulker by trade.  There is some confusion here in that his widow applied for a pension (from New Jersey) claiming he served in Company F of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry.

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John Reigle (c. 1845-?).  Also found as Riegle, Reigal, Reigel, and Riegel.  21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company H, Private.  He enrolled at Berks County, Pennsylvania, was mustered into service at Chambersburg, 10 February 1864, and served until 8 July 1865, when he was discharged.  In 1890, he was living in Reading, Berks County.

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John A. Reagle (1843-1927).  His name is in the records as Reigal, Ragle and Riegel, as well as other spellings.  4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, Private.  He was mustered into service on 17 October 1861 and discharged on 26 September 1862 at David’s Island, New York, on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  He was in Veterans’ Home in 1907 and was still alive in 1924.  He married Mary Elizabeth Barnes.  Their son, S. Elmer Reagle, lived in  Raymilton, Pennsylvania, and was a farmer.  John A. Reagle is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

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John A. Reigel (dates unknown).  Also found at Riegle.  48th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company I, Sergeant.  Mustered into service on 1 July 1863 and discharged on 26 August 1863.

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John Reagle (1844-1926) is also known as John Ira Reagle.  He served in the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, as a Private.  He enrolled at Greenville, Pennsylvania, was mustered in at Meadville, Pennsylvania, 4 March 1864.  The records indicate that he had been born in Ohio and had returned to Ohio some time after the Civil War where he was found in the 1890 Census.  John Reagle married Elizabeth Hines.  He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

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John Riegel (c. 1827- ?).  Identified also as Riegal.  26th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, Private.  He was a farmer who, according to the records at the Pennsylvania Archives, was from Germany and was a farmer.  He enrolled at Frankford, Pennsylvania,  and was mustered into service there on 20 August 1863.  He was reported as deserted on 20 September 1863 at Freeman’s Ford, Virginia.  The records indicate he was 5′ 7″ tall, had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair.

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John J. Riggle (dates unavailable).  Gilles Independent Infantry Company (Emergency of 1862), Private.  Mustered into service at Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 15 September 1862, and discharged on 25 September 1862 at the end of the emergency.

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Jonathan Reigle (c. 1841-1864).  Also with the spelling of “Riegle.”  88th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, Private.  Enrolled and mustered into service at Philadelphia, 30 August 1861.  Died of wounds received in action, 26 June 1864.  Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

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Jonas P. Reigle (1835-1889).  A brother of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township, Jonas was previously profiled on this blog.  Click here.  50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A and Company K, Corporal.  A laborer, he was mustered in 9 September 1961 and mustered out 29 September 1864 at the expiration of his term.  During his service, he was in the hospital at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, for typho-malarial fever.  He married Rebecca Holtzman and is buried at Grace Evangelical Cemetery, Muir, Schuykill County, Pennsylvania.

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Joseph Riggle (c. 1822-?). Also known as Reigle, Riegle, Riegel, Reigel, Rigle, Rigel, and Riggles.  45th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, 1st Sergeant.  He was a resident of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and a laborer.  He mustered in at Harrisburg on 21 September 1861, re-enlisted at Blaine’s Crossroads, Tennessee, 1 January 1864, and mustered out on 19 June 1865.  One source indicates his birth year may have been as early as 1819.

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Josephus A. Reigle (c. 1836-c. 1902).  Found in the records also as Riegle and Riggle.  165th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, Captain.  When he enrolled at Adams County and was mustered in at Gettysburg, he was commissioned as captain, but during the course of his service, he was demoted to Corporal.  His wife’s name was Mary.

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Josiah R. Reigel

Josiah R. Reigel (1829-1886).  Also found as Riegle, Riegel, and Riggle.  Another brother of Harrison Riegle of Lykens TownshipJosiahR. Reigel was previously profiled – click here36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863 – Home Guards), Company C, Corporal.  Mustered in on 4 July 1863 and mustered out on 11 August 1863.  Also served in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private, from 14 March 1865 through 25 June 1865.  His wife’s name was Amanda.  He is buried in Gratz Union Cemetery.

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Josiah Riegel (c. 1834-?).  Sometimes spelled Riegle.  21st Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1862), Company F, 2nd Lieutenant.  He enrolled at Philadelphia and was mustered into service on 12 September 1862 and served until 26 September 1862.  He married Ella Neil.

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Lazarus A. Riggle (c. 1829-?).  Also called Reggle.  149th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, Private.  Mustered in 15 august 1863, wounded at the Wildnerness, Virginia, 3 May 1864, and mustered out on 24 June 1865.

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Levi Riggle (1841-1916).  Other spellings:  Riggal, Rigles, and Riegle.  37th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company K, Private.  Served from 1 July 1863 through discharge on 4 August 1863.  Then he enlisted in the 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery on or about 27 February 1864, but on a April 1864, transferred to the 188th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, where he remained until discharged on 14 December 1865.  At the time of this latter enlistment, he was residing in Muncy, Pennsylvania, and was mustered in at Carlisle.  He married Elizabeth M. Eckenstein.  He is buried at Salladsbury Cemetery, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

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Lewis Reigle (c. 1841- ?).  Also called Riegle and Reigel.  17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1862), Company F, Private.  At the time of this service, he was living in West Brunswig, Pennsylvania, and working as a laborer.

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Lewis K. Riegle (c. 1845-1913).  138th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  Lewis enrolled at Frankford, Pennsylvania, 9 January 1865 and mus mustered out on 23 June 1865.  Late in life, he resided at the Veterans’ Home in Hampton, Virginia.  He died there is buried in the Hampton National Cemetery.

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Lewis Riegel (1844-1896).  Also called Riegle.  173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  Enrolled at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, 1 November 1862 and was mustered out on 17 August 1863.  Wife’s name:  Sylletta.  Buried:  Kimmel’s Cmetery, West Brunswick Township, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

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Lewis Reigle (1839-1928) or Riegle.  88th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, Private.  Enrolled and mustered in at Philadelphia, 30 August 1861.  Served through 20 May 1863, when he was discharged for wounds received in action via Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  His wife’s name was Emma.  He is buried in the Alsace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

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

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