Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pvt. Ringold Markel, Co. C

Ringold Markel was born around 1830 in Germany. Two years later, his parents, Leopold and Elizabeth (Wunch) Markel immigrated to the United States and ended up settling around Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA.

Federal Census records from 1860 show Ringold living in Middlecreek Twp, Somerset County, PA and working as a blacksmith.

On Aug 25, 1862, Pvt. Markel was mustered into Co. C 142nd PA Infantry. He was killed in action at Petersburg, VA on Apr 2, 1865, a mere week before the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered, effectively ending the Civil War in the East.

Index for Ringold Markel's pension file

Markel was originally buried on the battlefield, but his body was later moved to Poplar Grove National Cemetery in Petersburg, Section D site 1080.

Information on the Markel family from:

History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania; Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, ppg. 337/8

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