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 Friederich Christoph Rivinius

Friederich Christoph Rivinius

Ludwigsburg, Landkreis Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 18 Feb 1896 (aged 68)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot , 5364
Memorial ID 2597098 · View Source
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On his military papers, he signs his first name "Fredrick".

Confirmed 1841 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He was 12 years 9 months old when his mother died, and 19 when his father committed suicide.

He emigrated to the US in July, 1848. At that time, Germany was having a Civil War. He became a naturalized citizen 10/1/1859, Common Pleas Court, New York County Bundle 234, Record 151. Friedrich's grandson Fred Rivinius said he was told his grandfather came to the US by sail boat and it took 56 days.
New York Volunteers in Civil War: 1 SGT, 2 LT B, 54 New York INF CW

His physical description in the Regimental Descriptive Book says he was 34 years old, 6 feet 1 inches tall, blue eyes and dark hair.

He enrolled in the US Army at age 33 on Sept 5, 1861 in Hudson City, NJ as a 1st Sgt, resigned 11/14/1862, discharged 11/15/1862 in Washington, DC. Was 2nd Lt, Co B, 54th Infantry Regiment, New York Volunteers. This regiment was organized on Sept. 1, 1861, and mustered April 14, 1866. He was promoted to 2nd Lt on 5/16/1862, commissioned 2nd LT June 3, 1862 with rank from May 16, 1982. He fought in the Civil War and is veteran of 2nd Battle of Bull Run. He received a bullet (mini-ball) wound to the forehead injuring the frontal bone over the right eye on or about Aug 25, 1862 (possibly 8/2/1862) causing deafness in his right ear. On Sept 6, 1862 he was admitted to Seminary USA General Hospital, Georgetown, DC, having been sent there from Waterloo Bridge, Virginia by the Army doctor, with the further complaint of articular rheumatism, and was still in the hospital when he resigned 11/15/1862 with a medical discharge because he was “unfit for further service”.

He applied for pension 5/10/1876 and received $3.75 a month beginning 12/1/1877, and after petitioning for an increase, received $8.00 per month, Pension Certificate #150963, as of 2/20/1889. Again, on 2/8/1896, he applied for an increase in his pension, but died just 10 days later.
1870 census dated June 16, 1870 shows Fredrick age 43, machinist, wife Frances born in Bavaria, age 31, sons Charles 6, Henry 5, Fredrick 2, George 5 months. The value of his personal estate is $1500. This is in Brooklyn, ward 18, family #240.

1880 census shows Frederick age 52 living at 99 Debervois Street, Brooklyn with wife, Teressa 53, sons Charles 16, Henry 14, and George 9, 16th ward family Supv Dist 2, Enum Dist 154. City directory for 1879-1880 has Charles’ occupation as a carpenter.

The 1890 Surviving Soldiers Census on page 756, Supervisors District 2, Enum Dist. 193 for Brooklyn, Fred is listed as entry #11, living at 101 Debervois St. Much of the information is this census is incorrect, as it indicates he only served 2 months, 14 days and had no disability.

The New York State Census in 1892 for Kings, Brooklyn Ward 16 has Frederick 65 and Theresa 63, both born in Germany. Frederick is an engineer.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 2597098
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Friederich Christoph Rivinius (4 Oct 1827–18 Feb 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2597098, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by JudyH (contributor 47396333) .