Daniel J. Reigel, 49th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Great-Great-Grandfather of Jay A. Rarick PCC.

Born January 13, 1825, Union County, Pennsuylvania.  Died September 27, 1901, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  

Name variously spelled "Reigle," "Reigel" or "Riggle." Daniel was born in Beaver Township of Union County before creation of Snyder County. The son of George Michael and Mary Margaret Gushwa Reigel, Daniel was a farm laborer before the start of the Civil War and again after the War until his death. 

At 38 years of age, Daniel enlisted as a private in "New" [1864] Co. "I" of the 49th PA Vol. Inf. The Regiment, formed at the start of the War, had lost many men as casualties and many more when their 3 year enlistments ended (including their Colonel who resigned his commission). The remaining men, and those who re-enlisted, were consolidated into several companies of veterans and the other companies were reformed with new men. The so-called "New" Company "I" was regularly enlisted from Snyder County and was not made up from conscripts as were the other companies of the 49th raised at this time. 

As part of the 3rd Bde, 1st Div, VI Corps, the 49th PA participated in the Battle of the Wilderness; Daniel was wounded twice in head during "Upton's Charge" at the Battle of Spotsylvania, VA on 10 May 1864. Unable to have his wound properly dressed in the field, Daniel was moved to Campbell General Hospital in Washington, DC. After recovering there, he was furloughed home and upon his return after six weeks spent time in a convalescent camp in Northern Virginia. 

He returned to unit, six weeks after his wounding, at Winchester, VA and was assigned to light duties for the rest of the war.  It is likely he served with the regiment at the time of the Battle of Opequon (a.k.a. the 3rd Battle of Winchester) and then the VI Corps' return to Petersburg, VA, and 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 participated in the "Grand Review" in Washington (where he passed out from heat stroke) and mustered out with his Company at the end of the War. 

Daniel 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. 

Disabled and on pension until death in 1901, he was the husband of Mary Ann Getz [d. 1878] with whom he had seven children, and then, successively, married two widows; Susan (unknown) Nevel [d. 1889] and Amelia Felmey Hackenberg [d. 1912]. 

Jay Rarick’s 3-Times Great Uncles

 Joseph Catherman – 7 Sep 1864 – 1 Jun 1865i

Pvt., Co. D, 208th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. Attached to Provisional Bde, Defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Army of the James, to Nov 1864. Provisional Bde, IX Corps, Army of the Potomac, to Dec 1864.  1st Bde, 3rd Div, IX Corps, Army of the Potomac, to Jun 1865

Adam Getz – 14 Mar 1865-25 Jun 1865[i]

Pvt., Co. C, 101th Pennsylvania Vol. Infantry at District of New Berne, Dept. of North Carolin

David Getz – 12 Aug 1862-22 Sep 1863iii

Pvt., Co. F, 131st Pennsylvania Vol. Infantry with 2nd Bde, 3rd Div, V Corps, Army of the Potomac.                    Wounded at Fredericksburg (13 Dec 1862) and died (22 Sep 1863) after Henry and Isaac brought him home to Snyder County.

Henry Getz – (see below)

Pvt., Co. F, 131st Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. – 12 Aug 1862-23 May 1863i With  2nd Bde, 3rd Div, V Corps, Army of the Potomac. Also a Pvt., Co. H, 199th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. –  21 Sep 1864-28 Jun 1865i  With 1 Bde, 1st Div, X Corps, Army of the James and 1st Bde, 1st Div, XXIV Corps, Army of the James.

Isaac H. Getz – 14 Jun 1864-15 Apr 1865i

Cpl., “New” Co. F, 49th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. with 1st Bde, 1st Div, VI Corps, Armies of the Potomac & the Shenandoah

John Getz – 7 Sep 1864-2 Jun 1865i

Pvt., Co. I, 184th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. with 1st Bde, 1st Div, II Corps, Army of the Potomac

Joseph Getz – (see below)

Pvt., Capt. David Mitchell's Ind. Co. of Inf. - 6-18 Jul – 2 Sep 1863i, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia of 1863, Dept. of the Susquehanna, to Sep 1863. Also Pvt., Co. E, 53rd Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. - 30 Jan 1864-3 Jun 1864[ii] 3rd Bde, 1st Div, II Corps, Army of the Potomac, 4th Bde, 1st Div, II Corps, Army of the Potomac. Wounded at Cold Harbor (June 3, 1864), shot through the hand.

Samuel Lantz – 26 Sep 1861 – 1 Jul 1862ii

Pvt., Co. C, 45th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., 2nd Brigade, 1st Div., Dept. of the South.                             Received a surgeon’s certificate [disability discharge] on 1 Jul 1862.

Levi Pick – 9 Mar - 29 Aug 1865i

Pvt., Co. D, 74th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., 2nd Bde, 2nd Div, West Virginia, to April, 1865. 1st Bde, 1st Div, West Virginia, to May, 1865. Sub-District of Clarksburg, W. Va., Dept. West Virginia, to August, 1865. Guarding the B&O Railroad in West Virginia

Henry Rarick - 6-18 Jul – 2 Sep 1863i

Pvt., Capt. David Mitchell's Ind. Co. of Inf., Pennsylvania Emergency Militia of 1863, Dept. of the Susquehanna, to Sep 1863.

Samuel J. Rarick – 1 Jul – 3-4 Aug 1863i

Pvt., Co. G, 41st Pennsylvania Mil. Inf., Pennsylvania Emergency Militia of 1863, Dept. of the Susquehanna, to Aug 1863

Benjamin Franklin Riegel [Muster Role: Riggle] – (see below)

Pvt., Co. E., 18th Pennsylvania Mil. Inf.  –  12 – 25-27 Sep 1862i, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia of 1862. Also Pvt., Co. H, 194th Penn. Vol. Inf.  – 20 Jul 1864 - ? Baltimore, Md., Jul 22, and provost duty there till 6 Nov1864. Attached to 3rd Separate Bde, VIII Corps, Middle Department.                          Transferred, date and organization unknown.

Jacob Lewis Reigel [Grave: Reigle] – 27 Jul 1861 – 28 Feb 1863ii

Pvt., Co. D, 6th Pennsylvania Res. Inf. (35th Penna. Vol Inf.), 3rd Bde, McCall's Penna. Res. Div, Army of the Potomac, to Mar 1862. 3rd Bde, 2nd Div, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, to Apr 1862.   3rd Bde, McCall's Div, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to Jun 1862. 3rd Bde, & then 1st Bde, 3rd Div, V Corps, Army of the Potomac, to Aug 1862. 1st Bde, 3rd Div, III Corps, Army of Virginia, to Sep 1862. 1st Bde, 3rd Div, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, to Feb 1863. Sick and absent from the company from Sep 6, 1862 onward, absent at muster out.

Samuel M. Riegel [Muster Role: Reigle] – 2 Sep 1861 – 9 Oct 1865 (Veteran Volunteer)ii

Pvt., Co. C, 47th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. Attached to 3rd Bde, W. F. Smith's Div, Army Potomac, to Jan 1862. District of Key West, Fla., to Jun 1862. District of Beaufort, S.C., Dept. of the South, to Nov 1862. District of Key West, Fla., X Corps, Dept. of the South, Nov 1862, and Dept. of the Gulf to Feb 1864. 2nd Bde, 1st Div, XIX Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to Jul 1864, and Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to Feb 1865. 2nd Bde, Provisional. Div, Army Shenandoah, to Apr 1865. 2nd Bde, Dwight's Div, XXII Corps, Dept. of Washington, to May 1865. 3rd Bde, Dwight's Div, District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. of the South, to Jul 1865. 1st Sub-District, South Carolina, Dept. South Carolina, to Dec 1865. Received a Surgeon's Certificate [disability discharge], October 9, 1865

William M. Reigel [Muster Role: Rigle, Grave: Riggle] – 12 Aug 1862 – 23 May 1863i

Pvt., Co. D, 131st Penn. Vol. Inf., Washington, D.C., 20 Aug, and duty there till 14 Sep 1862.   Moved to Sharpsburg, Md., and duty there till 30 Oct 1862. Attached to 2nd Bde, 3rd Div, V Corps, Army of the Potomac to May 1863

Jay Rarick’s 1st Cousin, (3 Times Removed)

George W. Getz – 7 Sep 1861-21Dec1862[iii]

Pvt., Co. E, 53rd Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., 3rd Bde, 1st Div, II Corps, Army of the Potomac. Son of Adam Getz.  Wounded in the head at Fredericksburg (13 Dec 1862) and died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC on 21 Dec 1862, 8 days short of his 20th birthday. Buried in Union County with his parents.

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[i] Mustered out with Unit.

[ii] Absent at Company muster out – in Hospital

[iii] Died of wounds.

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