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Federal (USA)


Peter Rinner

(1823 - 1912)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd United States Cavalry, Companies E, F, H & K

Before Antietam

He came to Ohio from Germany with his family in 1836, and was raised on a farm. He may have had service in the Mexican War (1847-48). He enlisted as Private in Company B of the 7th US Infantry on 10 October 1850, serving 5 years, into October 1855. He then enlisted in Company G of the 2nd US Dragoons on 21 Novemeber 1855. He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, becoming 1st Sergeant of Company C by November 1860. He transferred to Company K in December 1860. His regiment was redesignated the 2nd US Cavalry in August 1861. He served on the Peninsula and Maryland Campaigns of 1862.

On the Campaign

He was 1st Sergeant of Co. K until news arrived 24 September that he'd been appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 17 July.

The rest of the War

He was later at Beverly Ford and Gettysburg, commanding his Company for a period afterward. He was cashiered - dismissed from the Service on 13 February 1864.

After the War

He went to De Moines, Iowa in 1864, relocating to Clarke County in 1871, where he and farmed and raised livestock.

References & notes

Basic information from Caughey1. Further military details from Heitman2 and Rodenbough3. Life dates from the index file for the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Clarke County, from the Iowa Department of History and Archives, Des Moines - posted online by Annette Lucas on the USGenWeb Archives. Pre- and post-War information from Clarke County4.


11/14/1823 in GERMANY


03/10/1912; burial in Union Cemetery, Murray, IA


1   Caughey, Don, Crossed Sabers, first accessed 07 February 2007, <>, Source page: /2011/04/2nd-us-cavalry-in-maryland-campaign.html  [AotW citation 2257]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 831-832  [AotW citation 2267]

3   Rodenbough, Theophilus Francis, From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875, pg. 488  [AotW citation 2268]

4   Lewis Publishing, Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1886, pg. 341  [AotW citation 2269]