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Major Robert Litzinger Passed Away at 11 O'clock This Morning

Major Robert Litzinger, a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, died at his residence, No. 423 Franklin street, at 11 o'clock this morning, after an illness of several weeks. His death was caused by disease of the liver, incurred first in the Mexican service and returning during 1862, when in the Union Army.

Major Litzinger was born at Ebensburg on November 28, 1831, and was therefore at the time of his death sixty six years and five months old. He was a son of Charles Litzinger and wife, the latter having been before her marriage, Catherine Mullen, of Munster Township. She died when Robert was an infant and his father married again. The deceased had but one full brother- John- who died in Mexico after the close of the war with that country. He had four half-brothers-Charles, Thomas, James, and Jackson-all of whom are dead and buried at Ebensburg; also two half-sisters-Sue, who is also dead and buried in Ebensburg, and Clemenza Philomena, wife of Wellington R. Slick, whose death occurred in this city a few weeks ago.

In early youth Mr. Litzinger learned the trade of a printer in the office of the Mountain Sentinel, conducted by John G. Given at Ebensburg, and was thus engaged when he enlisted in the Cambria Guards, which left the county seat to take part in the Mexican War on January 2, 1848. He went as a fifer, and was on the day he departed from home just sixteen years and one month and four days old. His brother John, who was a couple of years his senior, went out as a drummer.

After his return from the Mexican War Mr. Litzinger was again engaged in the work of a printer at Ebensburg. Later he went to Belsano, where he clerked in a store for the late Hon. A.A. Barker, and subsequent to that he was in partnership with Mr. Barker in a store at Strongstown, Indiana County.

In 1861 he enlisted in a military company of the United States at Pittsburgh as Company A, of the Eleventh Reserves. He was chosen Captain of company at its organization and had attained the rank of Major, when after about a year's service illness in the form of an abscess on the liver compelled him to resign and he returned to his home. Recovering, he reenlisted as Captain of Company C, Two Hundred and Ninth Regiment, and served until the close of the war. He returned to his home at Strongstown, and subsequently to Ebensburg, where he remained engaged in printing and dealing in lumber until 1873. In that year he came to Johnstown and was employed for some time in the Tribune office. Later he secured a position with Cambria Iron Company in the shipping department where he had been engaged whenever his health would permit for the past twelve or fifteen years.

In 1849 Mr. Litzinger was married at Loretto to Miss Mary Cannon, teacher in a private school at Ebensburg, who was a daughter of Mr. Fergus Cannon, a prominent citizen of Indiana. Six children were born to the union-one boy and five girls. The former and two of the latter are dead. Mrs. Litzinger died on May 11, 1889, from injuries sustained the night before by falling down stairs at the home of the family on Lincoln street. Her remains lie in Grandview Cemetery, where those of her husband will be interred on Sunday afternoon, following religious services at the house at 2 o'clock. (The Johnstown Tribune, Johnstown, Pa, April 28, 1898, p1.)

 

History of Robert Litzinger's Civil War Units
(Source: History of Cambria County, Henry Wilson Storey, Lewis Publishing Co., 1907)


ELEVENTH PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES, OR FORTIETH REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY.

In response to the call of President Lincoln for 75,000 troops to serve for three months, the loyal men came forward with alacrity. The government could not arm or clothe all those who had enlisted in excess of the call. In Pennsylvania thirteen regiments organized and tendered their services, which could not be accepted. Governor Curtin, with his usual energy and wisdom, believing it would not be long until the men would be needed, organized these regiments into a reserve corps to await the further call. On the night of the disaster at Bull Run, July 21, 1861, Washington City was undefended, and immediate requisition was made for all the troops it was possible to get. The Pennsylvania Reserves promptly responded, and were the first troops to enter the National Capital at this time.

The companies of the 11th Regiment were recruited in western Pennsylvania. Capt. Robert Litzinger organized Company A at Ebensburg. On June 29 and 30, 1861, the regiment was mustered into the United States service in its camp in the Park in Washington City. It was 900 strong, and was assigned to the Second Brigade, commanded by Gen. George G. Meade, of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, under Maj-Gen. George A. McCall. In September it was ordered to Great Falls, Maryland, where it did picket duty along the Potomac river. The regiment moved with the division to the left of Georgetown and Leesburg pike, near Lewinsville, Virginia, where Capt. Litzinger was elected major on November 1, 1861.

On April 9, 1862, the division was assigned to the First Corps under Gen. McDowell, and moved to Catlett's Station, thence to Falmouth. In June it was transferred to the Peninsula, and assigned to Gen. Fitz John Porter's Fifth Corps, and took part in the battle of Mechanicsville. This was the beginning of a splendid record, which continued for three years. The history of its marches, battles and imprisonment follows.

The Eleventh Pennsylvania Reserves, or Fortieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, was mustered in June 25, 1861; mustered out June 13, 1864. The following were the field and staff officers:

Col. Thos. F. Gallagher; disch. Dec. 12, 1862, for wounds received at South Mountain, Sept. 14, 1862; prom. brevet brig.-gen., March 13, 1865.
Col. Samuel M. Jackson; prom. from captain Co. G to major, July 2, 1861; to lieut.-col. Oct. 28, 1861; to col., April 10, 1863; to brevet brig.-gen., March 13, 1865; mustered out with regiment, June 13, 1864.
Lieut. Col. James R. Porter; prom. from captain Co. B to lieut.-col. July 2, 180; res. Oct. 24, 1861.
Lieut.-Col. Daniel S. Porter; prom. from captain Co. B to lieut. col. May 14, 1863; to brevet col. March 13, 1865; res. March 10, 1864.
Lieut.-Col. Robert A. M'Coy; prom. from 1st lieut. Co. A to adjutant April 21, 1862; to major Oct. 28, 1863; to lieut.-col. March 21, 1864; to brevet col. and brevet brig.-gen. March 13, 1865; must. out with regiment June 13, 1864.
Maj. Robert Litzinger; prom. from captain Co. A to major Nov. 1, 1861; res. April 1, 1862.
Maj. Peter A. Johns: prom. from 1st lieut. Co. F to adjutant July 2, 1861; to major May 17, 1862; res. March 30, 1863.
Maj. James P. Speer; prom. from captain Co. G to major May 28, 1863; to brevet. lieut.-col. March 13, 1865; disch. Aug. 27, 1863, for wounds rec'd in action.
Maj. James C. Burke: prom. from captain Co. A to major March 25, 1864; to brevet lieut.-col. March 13, 1865; must. out with regiment June 13, 1864.
Adjutant Thomas D. Litzinger; prom. from serg.-major to adjutant Nov. 19, 1863; to brevet captain march 13, 1865; must. out with regiment June 1.3, 1864.

COMPANY A (RECRUITED IN CAMBRIA COUNTY).
Capt. Robert Litzinger; promoted to major Nov. 1, 1861.
Capt. Andrew Lewis; prom. from 1st lieut. to Capt. Nov. 1, 1861; killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
Capt. James C. Burke; prom. to corp; to 2d lieut. Nov. 1, 1861; to 1st lieut. May 14, 1862; to captain April 10, 1863; to major March 25, 1864.
Capt. Daniel D. Jones; prom. from serg. to 1st serg. May 14, 1862; to 2d lieut. April 10, 1863: to 1st lieut. Feb. 5, 1864; to captain April 22, 1864; killed at Wilderness May 5, 1864.
1st Lieut. Robert A. M'Coy; prom. from 2d to 1st lieut. Nov. 1, 1861; to adjutant April 21, 1862.
1st Lieut. Rowland M. Jones; prom. from 1st serg. to 2d lieut. June 16, 1862; to 1st lieut. April 19, 1863; trans to Vet. Res. Corps. Sept. 1, 1863.
1st Lieut. Charles A. Fagan; prom. from serg to 1st serg.; to 1st lieut. April 23. 1864; trans. to Co. A, 190th Regt. P. V.; veteran.
1st Serg. Daniel W. Luke: prom to serg. Nov. 16, 1862; to 1st serg. April 23 1864; prisoner from May 5 to Dec. 11, 1864; disch. Dec. 17, 1864.
Serg. John E. Scanlon; disch. on surgeon's certificate Oct. 15, 1862.
Serg. William A. Leavy; prom to corp.; to serg.; disch. on surgeon's cert. Dec. 4, 1862.
Serg. William W. Evans; prom. from corp. Nov. 1, 1861, to serg; died Jan. 28, 1863 at Richmond, from wounds received at Fredericksburg.
Serg. Thomas D. Jones; prom. from private to serg. April, 1863; trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
Serg. William H. Elder; prom to serg. April 10, 1863; must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Serg. Geo. W. Brown prom. to serg. July 4, 1863; Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
Serg. Wm. Bolewine; serg. April 21, 1864; miss'g in action May 5, 1864.
Corp. Wm. H. Sechler; disch. on surgeon's certificate Jan 24, 1863.
Corp. Evan D. James; died Oct. 17, 1862: buried at Philadelphia.
Corp. Geo. J. Roberts: prom to corp. Nov. 1, 1861; reduced; died July 23, 1862; buried in Portsmouth Grove Cemetery, R. I.
Corp. John M'Feely; prom to corp. Nov. 1, 1861: trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
Corp. George W. Brooks prom to corp. Nov. 1, 1861; disch. on surg. cert. Dec. 23, 1862.
Musician Thos. D. Litzinger; prom to serg-maj. Jan. 1, 1863.

PRIVATES.
Evan, Abrams, disch. on surg. cert. Feb. 5, 1863.
S. C. J. Bradley, absent in hospital at muster out.
John R. Beninger. disch. on surg. cert. Jan. 5, 1864.
William Beninger, died Dec. 9, 1861.
Geo. K. Brown, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
William E. Brown, trans to Vet. Res. Corps Sept. 1, 1863.
Frederick Bowers, trans to Vet. Res. Corps Sept. 1, 1863.
Jacob S. Boring, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.: veteran.
Joshua R. Brown, trans to Co. A. 190th P.V.
Samuel Books, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Joseph Bartman, trans to Co. A. 190th P. V.
Nathaniel J. Bender, trans to Co. A. 190th P.V.; veteran
William J. Crum must out with company June 13, 1864.
David S. Carbaugh, pris. from Nov. 19, 1863, to April l, 1864; abs. at muster out.
John L. Camp. killed at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862.
Thompson Carney, not on muster-out roll; veteran.
George W. Davis, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Thomas P. Drumm, disch. surg. cert. April 8, 1862.
Edward E. Davis, disch, surg. cert. May 23, 1863.
John Deetz, disch. surg. cert. Jan. 13, 1863.
William Dempsey, died at Camp Pierpont, Va., Dec. 21, 1861.
Michael T. Dillon, died at Alexandria, Va., May 7, 1862.
William W. Davis, died at Richmond. Va., Jan. 26, 1863, of wounds received at Fredericksburg; buried, rec. Dec. 27, 1862.
Richard R. Davis, killed at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862.
Benjamin Davis, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
William Dunlap, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
James N. Evans, disch. surg. cert. May 19, 1863.
Edgar Evans, disch. surg. cert. Oct. 29, 1862.
Edward J. Evans, disch. surg. cert. Oct. 8, 1863.
Griffith T. Evans, died at Philadelphia May 16, 1862.
Frederick J. Evans, killed at Gettysburg July 2, 1863.
Elisha Fultz, disch. surg. cert. Oct. 16, 1862.
Bernard Farabaugh, died at Alexandria April 6, 1862.
John J. Foster, killed at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862.
Barnard Farbaugh, died Jan. 15, 1864; buried at Alexandria; grave 1,325.
John Gillespie, capt. May 5, 1864; died at Anders'ville Aug. 16, '64; grave 5,843.
Edward Gillespie, disch. surg. cert. Dec. 8, 1862.
Lawrence Helman, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
James M. Hoon, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
Daniel Helman, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
Phillip Jones, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
David T. James, disch. surg. cert. April 3, 1862.
Richard E. Jones, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
Samuel Judy, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
John Keough, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Henry G. Krise, disch. on surg. cert. Feb. 1, 1863.
Daniel D. Krise, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Aaron Leff, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Francis A. Leavy, disch. surg. cert. Oct. 30, 1862.
Chas. B. Litzinger, disch. surg. cert. Jan. 30, 1863.
Phillip A. Lantzey, killed at Antietam Sept. 17, 1862.
John O. M'Creary, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Nason M'Callister, disch. surg. cert. April 10, 1863.
Camp Moore, disch. surg. cert. April 11, 1862; died Sept. 11, 1862; bur. Pt. Lookout,
William M'Creary, disch. surg. cert. March 4. 1863.
John Moore, disch. surg. cert. March 20, 1863.
William Miller, disch. surg. cert. Dec. 22, 1862.
Joshua L. M'Creary, died at Point Lookout Aug. 17, 1862.
Thomas M'Caman, killed at Gaines' Mills June 27, 1862.
John M'Clune, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
George M'Broome, died at Ft. Monroe, of wounds received at Gaines' Mill.
Henry 'M'Broome, died at Hampton, Va., Oct. 29, 1862.
James S. M'Creary, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
John M'Bride, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
William M'Creary, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
John A. Makin, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Jacob L. Mardis, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
James A. Orr, disch. surg. cert. March 11, 1863.
Hilarion O'Connel, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
Joseph Owens, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
William K. Powell, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Joseph A. Pfoff, died at Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 15, 1862.
Robert Patterson, killed at Bull Run Aug. 30, 1862.
William J. Patterson, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Dallas Patrick, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
James B. Pyatt, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
William Quinton trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
John Roberts, killed at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862.
James P. Rummel, died at Windmill Point, Va., Jan, 20, 1863.
Leonidas A. Ruth, died at Belle Plain, Va., Nov. 6, 1862.
Edmund S. Ruth, trans to Vet. Res. Corps Sept. 1, 1863.
George C. Ragar, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Casper Shoffner, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Harrison Settlemyre, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Michael A. Shelly, trans to Vet. Res. Corps Sept. 1, 1863.
John Stevens, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.; veteran.
John Shoepf, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Phillip Smyers, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
Com're P. Stevens, trans to Co. A, 190th P. V.
John J. Story, trans to western gunboat service, 1862.
A. Sheeler, died Dec. 29, 1862; buried in Military Asylum Cemetery, D. C.
Emanuel Urban, killed at Gaines' Mill June 27, 1862.
William W. Wagoner, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Andrew Woodford, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Powers Woodford, must. out with company June 13, 1864.
Thomas Williams, disch. surg. cert. Dec. 1, 1862.
John Wise, died at Washington, D. C., Nov. 28, 1861.
Henry H. Wareham, trans to Vet. Res. Corps Aug. 30, 1863.
Henry C. Wissel.

 

TWO HUNDRED AND NINTH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY, COL. TOBIAS B. KAUFFMAN.

Capt. Robert Litzinger, of Ebensburg, recruited a company there which became Company C in this regiment, which was organized September 1864, at Camp Curtin. It was immediately sent to the Army of the James, and landed at Bermuda, Hundred. In a few weeks it was posted upon the advanced line, to the left of Fort Harrison, midway between the James and the Appomattox Rivers. It took part in the engagement at Chaffin's Farm or Fort Harrison, where it was placed on the parapet to create the intention of a flank movement, while the real charge was being made in front; thus the fort was captured. November 24 it was transferred to the Ninth Corps of the Army of the Potomac, then in front of Petersburg, and was located near Meade Station, on the military railroad. On the 25th of March it made a gallant attack on Fort Steadman under the command of Gen. Hartranft, and recaptured it. Lieut. Hugh Jones was commanding the company and fell pierced through the head with a musket ball. Col. Fredericks made special mention of the gallantry of Sergeants Elbridge Stiles and Edward J. Humphreys, color bearers, who were always to be seen in the advance. Maj. Gen. Parke congratulated the corps for the brilliant charge. At 1 a. m. on April 2, the brigade was massed near the Avery House, to make an attack on Lee's fortifications around Petersburg. At 3 a.m. was moved to the front of Fort Sedgwick, and at 4 o'clock it made the advance and charged the fort, capturing it with many prisoners. The regiment entered Petersburg the next morning about daylight. It was active in the pursuit of Lee's retreating army, and was ordered to hold the South Side railroad at Nottoway Court House, where it was, at the time of the surrender. It was mustered out of the service on May 31 while in camp near Alexandria.

The following is its roster:

FIELD AND STAFF OFFICERS.
Col. Tobias Kauffman; captured at Bermuda Hundred, Va., Nov. 17, 1864; must. out with regiment May 31, 1865.
Lieut. Col. George W. Frederick; prom. from capt. Co. G, Sept. 16, 1864; brevet col. April 2, 1865; disch. to date July 19, 1865.
Maj. John L. Ritchey: prom. from capt. Co. D Sept. 17, 1864; wounded at Petersburg, Va.. April 2, 1865; brevet lieut. col. March 25, 1865; brevet col. April 2, 1865; disch. to date July 7, 1865.

COMPANY C.
Recruited in Ebensburg, Cambria county; mustered in, September 1, 1864; mustered out, May 31, 1865.
Capt. Robert Litzinger; disch. to date June 4, 1865.
1st Lieut. Samuel W. Davis; prom. from private Sept. 16, 1S64; must. out with company May 31, 1865.
2d Lieut. Hugh Jones; prom. from private Sept. 16, 1864; killed at Fort Steadman, Va., March 25, 1865.
lst Serg. Samuel Singleton; com. 2d lieut. March 25, 1865; not mustered; must. out with company.
Serg. Alexander Jones; wounded at Fort Steadman, Va., March 25, 1865; disch. by Gen. Order May 26, 1865.
Serg. Elbridge Stiles; must. out with company.
Serg. Edward J. Humphreys; must. out with company.
Serg. Edward Owens: must. out with company.
Corp. Florentine H. Barker; must. out with company.
Corp. Richard W. Pryee; must. out with company.
Corp. William H. Davis: must. out with company.
Corp. Joseph A. Elliot : wounded at Fort Steadman, Va., March 25, 1865; must. out with company.
Corp. William F. Baum; wounded at Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865; disch. by Gen. Order June 13, 1865.
Corp. George W. Grissinger; must. out with company May 31, 1865.
Corp. Richard F. Scott; wounded at Fort Steadman, Va.. March 25, 1865; disch. by Gen. Order May 23, to date May 16, 1865.
Corp. William A. Jones; prom to corp. April 3, 1865: must. out with company May 31, 1865.

PRIVATES.
Christ. C. Adams; must. out with Co.
John McG. Appleby: must. out with Co.
Reuben Brown; must. out with Co.
Thos.W. Brookbank; must. out with Co.
Thomas Bumford; must. out with Co.
James C. Burnett; must. out with Co.
Hartman Berg; wounded at Fort Steadman. Va., March 25, 1865;disch. by Gen. Order June 8, 1865.
David Bennett; must. out with Co.
Richard J. Bennett: must. out with Co.
William Clement: must. out with Co.
Rodney Charles; must. out with Co.
Wm. H. Clark; not on muster-out roll.
Torrence DeLozier; must. out with Co.
Howard W. DeLozier; must. out with Co.
John E. Davis: must. out with Co.
Joshua J. Davis: must. out with Co.
Thomas B. Davis; must. out, with Co.
Thomas D. Davis; must. out with Co.
Jackson Davis: must. out with Co.
Henry Darr; must. out with Co.
John Darby: must. out with company.
John Duffy; not on muster-out roll.
Uriah Emiah; mustered out with Co.
Hugh H. Evans: must. out with Co.
Evan C. Evans; wounded at Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865; disch. by Gen. Order dated May 23, 1865.
Thomas E. Evans; must. out with Co.
Peter Earhart; must. out with Co.
Edward Francis; must. out with Co.
Jacob Fulmer; wounded at Fort Steadman, Va., March 25, 1865; must. out with Co.
James Farley; not on muster-out roll.
Richard Griffith; must. out with Co.
John Gettings; must. out with Co.
E. W. Humphreys; must. out with Co.
W. H. Humphreys; must. out with Co.
Henry Houp; must. out with Co.
Thomas L. Jones; must. out with Co.
Robert R. Jones; must. out with Co.
Jonathan Jones; must. out with Co.
John A. Jones; must. out with Co.
Evan L. Jones; must. out with Co.
Daniel T. James; wounded at Fort Steadman, Va., March 25, 1865 disch by Gen. Order July 3, 1865.
David J. James; must. out with Co.
William M. James; must. out with Co.
Thomas Jervis; must. out with Co.
Wm. W. Jones; not on muster-out roll.
John Kelly; not on muster-out roll.
Jackson Lamberson; must. out with Co.
G. W. Lamberson; disch. by Special Order dated Dec. 27, 1864.
Alexander Leslie; must. out with Co.
Edward F. Lytle; prom. to Q.M. Sept. 16, 1864.
Rich. D. Lane; not on muster-out roll.
James Lee; not on muster-out roll.
John Morgan; must. out with Co.
Wm. H. Montague; must. out with Co.
James Myers; must. out with Co.
Francis Murray; not on muster-out roll.
Peter S. Myers; must. out with Co.
James Obrian; not on muster-out roll.
David Powell, Jr., must. out with Co.
John Rager; must. out with company.
Gordon Sinclair; must. out with Co.
Archibald Smith; must. out with Co.
Wallace S. Stiles; must. out with Co.
Adam Shinafelt; must. out with Co.
Jno. Schnanster; not on muster-out roll.
George Smith; not on muster-out roll.
William Stonebraker; died March 30, 1865; buried in 9th Army Corps Cem., Meade Station, Va.
Thomas R. Williams; wounded at Petersburg, Va. April2, 1865; must out with company
Peter Wagner; must. out with Co.
Uriah Wagner; must. out with Co.
James Yenger; not on muster-out roll.

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