Thursday, April 3, 2014

Remembering Two Civil War Boys Who Never Made it Home

This page was created to pay tribute to two of my Civil War relatives who never made it home. Please take some time to reflect on their lives, honor their sacrifices, and, hopefully, help keep their memories alive.



  • Born November 6, 1841, Snyder Co., PA 

  • Son of Peter and Catharine "Katie" (Kuhns) Hackenberg

  • Enlisted March 4, 1864, at Centreville, PA

  • Mustered in May 12, 1864

  • Captured June 22, 1864, at Jerusalem Plank Road

  • Throughout June he was taken to Richmond and Lynchburg

  • Arrived at Andersonville Prison, Georgia, November 1864

  • Entered Andersonville hospital on November 8, died November 9, 1864

(some say died November 8) of diarrhea/scorbutus (scurvy)

  • Buried Andersonville Cemetery as "I. Hockinbridge", no state listed

He was twenty-three years old.

Link: Andersonville soldier search

Link: Official Andersonville Prison website

I wanted to include the names of other men in Joseph's company who died at Andersonville: Pvt. Jacob A. Brower; Pvt. Roswell Cline; Pvt. Henry F. Clark; Cpl. Elias B. Gemberling, Pvt. Thomas P. Kin(s)man; Sgt. John C. Schnare; Pvt. William H. Weider



  • Born July 1846, Snyder Co., PA

  • Son of Jacob B. and Sophia (Wagner) Riegel

  • Enlisted February 26, 1864, at Harrisburg, PA

  • Mustered in February 26, 1864

  • Killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 10, 1864

  • Isaac is not listed with the Union dead in the Fredericksburg cemetery, nor is he buried in his family cemetery, so he may still lie on the field

He hadn't yet turned eighteen years of age.

Link: 49TH Pennsylvania Infantry service record

Link: 49TH Pennsylvania monument at Gettysburg
(Isaac did not fight at Gettysburg, but many of his comrades did, 
and certainly when they dedicated their monument they remembered 
their dead from other battles as well)

Link: Civil War Trust article describing the action in which Isaac was killed

Link: Official Spotsylvania Court House battlefield website

Men in Isaac's company who also died in battle at Spotsylvania Court House: Pvt. Jacob Carl; Pvt. Jeremiah Derr; Pvt. Wilson Duck; Pvt. Isaac Fetterolf; Pvt. William M. Gardner; Sgt. John P. Grimer; Pvt. William H. Herrold; Pvt. Isaac Hock; Cpt. William P. Kephart; Pvt. John Michael; Pvt. Daniel J. Ott; Pvt. Edwin H. Shrauder; Pvt. Jacob Wagner

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