(c. 1805 - 1862)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
He brought his family to America in about 1855 and was a mason in Erie County, PA. Giving his age as 44 - he was by then about 55 years old - he enlisted on 13 December 1861 in Erie and mustered into service there as Private, Company H, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry on 21 December.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
References & notes
His service from Bates1 and the Register,2 both as John A. Berckeel. Further details from the Company H Descriptive Book in the US National Archives, which has him as Adam Beerckeel; transcribed and provided by Patrick Knierman. His name seen in some records also as Adam Beerckill, Berckel, and Burkle. His pension record has him as Burckle. Personal details from family genealogists.
He married Anna Barbara Renner (c. 1804-1887) in Niederhochstadt in 1826 and they had 4 children there by 1833. They had at least 4 grandchildren in America by the time of his death.
c. 1805; Niederhochstadt, Bayern, GERMANY
09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. III, pg. 1049 [AotW citation 10934]
2 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg [AotW citation 23762]