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Major Adam Cyrus Reinoehl, U.S.V.
Brevet Major Adam Cyrus Reinoehl, U.S.V.
Brevet Major Adam Cyrus Reinoehl was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania,
November 15, 1840. In 1856 his parents settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Entering Franklin and Marshall College at Lancaster, he graduated in 1861,
receiving the valedictory oration,-the highest honor of the class. On
commencement day, on taking formal leave of the Board of Trustees, he
commented on the action of that body at their meeting held on the previous
night, when they dismissed from the faculty Professor Koeppen, a learned,
faithful, but somewhat eccentric gentleman, greatly beloved by the
students. The president of the college arose and ordered him to stop, but,
disregarding the interruption, the valedictorian continued. The president
called on the band to play, but the orator proceeded until his voice was
lost in the music. The exercises were abruptly ended. The public insisted
that the valedictory should be delivered, and the owners of the hall
refusing to hire it, in the evening Charles Eden tendered the balcony of
his ice-cream saloon, adjoining Fulton Hall, from which the oration was
delivered in the presence of several thousand ladies and gentlemen, who
crowded the streets in the vicinity. After teaching school for two months
and twenty-three days in Ephrata Township, he enlisted in the
Seventy-sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Keystone Zouaves. Entering
the service as a private in Company D, he took part in all the campaigns
and battles of the regiment. The Seventy-sixth was ordered to Port Royal,
South Carolina, in the fall of 1861, and was actively engaged in the
sieges and engagements in the Department of the South. In April, 1862, the
regiment was ordered to Tybee Island, and was present at the siege and
capture of Fort Pulaski. Reinoehl served as private of Company D in the
campaign against Charleston on James Island, June, 1862, and in the battle
of Pocotaligo, South Carolina, October 22, 1862. On the 10th of December,
1862, he was promoted to regimental quartermaster-sergeant, and January
24, 1863, he was promoted to sergeant-major. The Seventy-sixth was in
Strong's brigade, which charged and captured the rebel batteries on Morris
Island, South Carolina, July 10.
On the morning of July 11, 1863, the Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania, with four
companies of the Seventh Connecticut and Ninth Maine, charged Fort Wagner,
and were repulsed. The Seventy-sixth lost one hundred and eighty-seven
killed, wounded, and missing. Sergeant-Major Reinoehl was shot through the
left arm with a Minnie-ball, and was permanently disabled.
In 1866 he was admitted to the bar of Lancaster County. In 1868 he was
elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature, and subsequently re-elected in
1870 and 1871, serving three terms. In 1872 he was appointed Deputy
Secretary of the Commonwealth by Gov. John W. Geary, and was continued by
Gov. John F. Hartranft, until he resigned, in 1873, to resume the practice
of his profession. On retiring he was tendered letters highly
complimentary of his services by Gov. Hartranft and Hon. M. S. Quay,
Secretary of the Commonwealth. In 1889 he was appointed a member of the
Soldiers' Orphans' Commission of the State of Pennsylvania by the
department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1889 Major
Reinoehl was elected district attorney of the county of Lancaster, his
term expiring Jan. 1, 1893. He married Miss Lucy Davis, Nov. 24, 1870.
They have four children,-Walter Allan, Mary Acheson, Gertrude Laughlin,
and Albert Riegel. He is an active member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, and of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Military Order of the
||Returning to his regiment after a
furlough, he remained in the service, and re-enlisted April, 1864,
for three years, and while on veteran furlough, having been
recommended for promotion by Colonel Strawbridge, received from the
hands of Governor A. G. Curtin, at Harrisburg, a commission as first
lieutenant of Company B, April 27, 1864. He commanded the company
during the campaign of the Tenth Corps, in the Army of the James and
Army of the Potomac, at Cold Harbor, at the explosion of the mine,
and in the siege of Petersburg. On the 4th of August, 1864, he was
promoted to adjutant. On the 27th of October, in a charge on the
rebel works at Darbytown Road, Va., the outer defenses of Richmond,
he was severely wounded in the left thigh by a ball from a shrapnel
shell, and was removed to his home at Lancaster. Disabled for
months, he resigned, and was honorably discharged Feb. 6, 1865.
March 13, 1865, he was brevetted captain " for gallant and
meritorious service in the assault on Fort Wagner, S. C.," and was
brevetted major "for gallant and meritorious service in the attack
on the enemy's works on Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864."
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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