Lindenhurst Civil War Project
Bernhard Gessler, 21st Pennsylvania Infantry, Co. E
98th Pennsylvania Infantry, Cos E and K
1824 - 1889

Birth Date: 1824, Prussia
Date of Death: March 7, 1889
Burial Location: Breslau Cemetery, Lindenhurst, NY.
Although the government denied Bernard’s pension, they supplied him with a headstone.

Read his obituary as it appeared in The Brooklyn Eagle dated March 9, 1889
Read his obituary as it appeared in The Corrector dated March 9, 1889.

Enlistment Date: Enlisted on 4/29/1861 as a Captain.
On 4/29/1861 he was commissioned into "E" Co. PA 21st Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 8/9/1861 at Philadelphia, PA

Enlisted on 9/19/1861 as a Sergeant.
On 9/19/1861 he was commissioned into "E" Co. PA 98th Infantry 
He Resigned on 3/22/1862

On 9/6/1862 he Re-enlisted into "K" Co. PA 98th Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 6/29/1865
Rank: Sergeant

Promotions: 
1st Sergeant: 9/1/1863 
Captain: 3/1/1864 
Major: 6/10/1865

Company: Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
 9/6/1862 from company E to company K 
 11/1/1862 from company K to company I 
 6/10/1865 from company I to Field & Staff

Wounded/Sick: A/P 1-17-1889 Daily Star article, wounded 11 times.

Wife’s Name: Augusta
Birth Date: 1821, Saxony

Occupations: Pre War: Tailor 

Known Addresses:
1850/1860: Philadelphia, PA
1886/1889 Babylon, NY 

Pension Application Date: May 4, 1878. Though Bernard was paralyzed and in desperate need, he was denied a pension do to some sort of technicality. The GAR was urged to intercede on his behalf. The citizens of Babylon were the sole support for Bernard and Augusta. Read of his plight as it appeared in The Long Island Daily Star dated January 17, 1889.

Wife’s Pension Application Date: January 30, 1891

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