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Federal (USV)


Joseph Lopez Diaz Riker, Sr.

(1816 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 59th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862.

References & 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.


1816; New York City, NY


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in 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]