Johann Sebastian Rathgeber was born in
His birth name was Johann Sebastian Rathgeber but he went by John and over the years his last name was shortened to Rathgeb. His wife's name was Mary. He had 5 children, 2 boys and 3 daughters. The sons never married but the 3 daughters did.
He died in 1913 and is buried in
He had enlisted in 14th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Infantry on April 24, 1861 to serve for a period of three months. He held a
rank of private and was in Company K. He was discharged August 10, 1861. He then enlisted in the 74th Pennsylvania
Volunteers Infantry on September 6, 1861. He served under Captain Charles Bollstetter in Company E. He was discharged at
The first document I have sent shows his
certificate of service in the 14th Pa Vols and that
he was honorably discharged in
The second document is from the Pension Bureau showing that he was to receive a pension of $14 beginning in March of 1876 for his service in the 74th PA Vols.
The third document is that of his discharge from the 74th PA Vols. It is hard to make out but it shows that he was a private under Charles Bollstetter in Company E.
The documents do not reveal what his injuries were
that caused him to be discharged. Based
on the battles that are listed on the web site he would have been with the unit
through the 2nd Bull Run engagement but he was discharged before Chancellorsville