Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Henry Gabel

Henry Gabel was born in 1819.

In 1850 there was a Henry Gabel, born around 1819 in Germany, who was apparently married (?) to German-born Hannah, (b. 1827), and living in Texas, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

Henry was 42 years old and probably living in White River, Muskegon County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861.

(Interestingly, he did not enlist in Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” which was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties. If he was born in Germany or central Europe it is interesting that he did not join Company C, which was made up largely of German and Dutch immigrants, many of whom lived on the west side of the Grand River in Grand Rapids. This company was the descendant of the old Grand Rapids Rifles, also known as the “German Rifles,” a prewar local militia company composed solely of German troopers. In any case, Company E was composed in large part by men from Clinton and Ingham counties, as well as parts of Ionia County.)

Henry was reportedly killed in a railroad accident on March 1, 1862, near Alexandria, Virginia.
While it is possible that Henry was aboard a train near Alexandria when he was killed, most likely he was struck by a train near the Third Michigan campsite. The regiment was still in its quarters at Camp Michigan at the time he was killed, and would not break camp for the spring campaign until the middle of the month. In any case, the regiment would not be put aboard railroad trains but would march to ship transports in Alexandria.

Henry is possibly buried among the unknown soldiers at Alexandria National Cemetery.

No pension seems to be available.

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