Joseph Lopez Diaz Riker, Sr.(1816 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 59th New York Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
An 1846 City directory for New York listed him as a coppersmith. He enlisted at age 45 on 27 September 1861 at Post Sackett, and mustered in as Private, Company I, 59th New York Infantry on 24 October.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action on 17 September 1862.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of New York1. Thanks to Devan Sommerville for scrubbing through the Report and extracting and transcribing the roster data for AotW.
A member of "one of New York City's oldest families" which once owned Riker's Island. His son and namesake served from May 1861 - June 1864 in Company C, 84th NY Infantry (14th Brooklyn), and may also have been at Antietam.
|Place of Birth: New York City, NY |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, NY
1 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 26 (for 1900), pg. 585 [AotW citation 8788]
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