Biography of Elias S. Riegle
Hancock County, OH Biographies

ELIAS S. RIEGLE, farmer, P. 0. Arlington, Ohio, was born in Cyandot County, Ohio. October 24, 1836, son of Philip and Catherine (Bibler) Riegle, who are present residents of this county. The father was born in Cumberland County, Penn., October 6. 1810, son of George and Catherine (Schambaugh) Riegle, both of whom were Pennsylvanians by birth; the former a son of Simon Riegle of that State. The subject of this sketch enlisted at Arlington, Ohio, in Company I, of Col. Birge' s Independent Regiment of Sharpshooters. His company was organized by Capt. Daugherty, of this (Madison) township. This Independent Regiment was first assigned to the command of Gen. J. C. Fremont, afterward known as the Fourteenth Missouri, until the battle of Shiloh, after which, by the reor.ganization of the armies, it became the Sixty.sixth Illinois, and the subject of this sketch became a member of Company H, of that regiment. The regimental commanders were, first. Col. Birge of Missouri; second, Col. Burke of Missouri: third, Col. Campbell of Illinois; fourth. Col. Gambel of Illinois. The principal battles and skirmishes in which the Company was engaged are as fol.lows: Mt. Zion, Mo.; Bunker Hill, Mo.; Ft. Donelson, Tenn.; Owl Creek, Tenn.; Peach Orchard. Miss.; Corinth. Miss.; Second battle of Corinth; Iuka, Miss; Blackland, Miss.; Jninpertown, Miss.; Hatchie River, Miss.; Booneville, Miss.; Chite Side Farm, Miss.: Snake Creek Gap. Ga.; Resaca, Ga.; Rome Cross Roads, Ga.; Dallas, Ga.; Lone Mountain, Ga.; New Hope. Ga.; Big Shanty, Ga.; Brush Mountain, Ga.; Little Kenesaw Mountain, Ga.; Kenesaw Mountain, Ga.; Nicojack Creek. Ga.; Peach Tree Creek, Ga.; Decatur, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga., 21-26 July; Bald Hill. Ga.; Howard House, Ga.; Utoy Creek, Ga.; Ezra Church, Ga.; Proctor's Creek, Ga. two battles; siege of Atlanta Ga., August 12-26, 1864; Jonesboro. Ga.; skirmish near Savannah; capture of two Napoleon guns; capture of Savannah, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; capture of Columbia, S. C.; Fayettesville, N. C.; Goldsboro, N. C.; Bentonville, N. C. He was wounded, in the last week of December, 1863 (near Decatur, Ala.), near the left temple. At Dallas, Ga., in 1864, Capt. Boyd, with the support of the Thirty seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, took the DeGrass battery, and Boyd had one of the guns double charged, which burst oh being fired, Mr. Riegle being only fifteen or twenty feet distant from it at the time. During 1862 and; part of 1863, he was a secret scout. These scouts did much for the cause of the Union by way of destroying Confederate property to the value of millions of dollars, besides gaining much useful information and capturing rebel spies. One of the most noted of these was Sidney Johnson, Jr., who was captured near Blackland, and shot as a spy at Corinth, Miss., in 1862. Their principal field of oper.ation was in the vicinity of Decatur. Athens, Huntsville and Florence, Ala. Mr. Riegle was during his term of service (four years), severely wounded several times, and participated in as many battles as any other man of the Regiment, in all about seventy.five battles and skirmishes. On the 22d of July, 1864, the Sixty.sixth Illinois Regiment, captured the DeGrass battery. The man who led the charge was Capt. Boyd, of Company A, Sixty.sixth Illinois Regiment. Our subject had the honor of going through the final review at Cashington. May the memory of this regiment ever live in the minds of the American people! The company of which Mr. Riegle was a member was mustered out in July, 1865. Our subject at time of discharge held the rank of corporal. Mr. Riegle is an honored member of Welker Post, G A. R., at Arlington, in which he has filled offices of distinction, and now holds the office of S. V. C. He was a delegate to the late National encampment at Portland. Me. in 1885, and is the delegate to the State encampment at Cleveland, Ohio. He was united in marriage, August 29, 1865, with Miss Catherine Cramer, a daughter of Charles and Catherine (Price) Cramer, natives of Germany, and by her he has five children; John W. S. born July 29, 1866; Charles M., born February 25, 1869; Ettie V. and Nettie. V., born September 15. 1872, and Huldah C. born No.vember 1, 1878. Mr. Riegle and family are connected with the Methodist Protestant Church. In politics our subject is a stanch Republican.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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