Third New Jersey Cavalry
Cornelius Acker
Bio written by Karen Denmark
Born: in Rittersville, Lehigh County, PA

Died: Jan 18, 1905 in Rittersville, Lehigh Co., PA from organic heart trouble with apoplexy

Married: Mary A. Hoehle (b. Nov. 17, '46; d. Feb. 1, 1934) on Aug 27, '65 in Bethlehem, PA by
Rev. D.F. Brendle

Children: William A., b. '64(?), Ellen J., b. '69; Harvey C., b. '71; Emma M., b. Dec 31, '76

Occupation: Laborer throughout most of his life working a variety of jobs: contractor for
delivery of stone; masonry worker; 'attended' to a hotel; drove a team; worked at Rolling Mill
and Allentown Furnace, both in Allentown, PA;  tax collector from '69 to '76; and County
Commissioner for Lehigh County in early
1890s.

Appearance:  5' 7", light complexion, gray eyes, sandy hair

Military Career:  Co K 6th PA Vol (3 month regiment) from 4/21/61 to Jul '61; Co B 47th Pa Vol
Inf. from Jan '62 to Aug 27, '62 (discharged because of inguinal hernia received during sentry
duty); Volunteered for Co D 3rd NJ Cav from Feb '64 to Aug '65; promoted to Corporal on Sept.
1, '64 and to Sergeant on Nov. 1, '64.  Erroneously reported as a deserter on muster rolls on
Apr 20, '64.  He was away from camp on official duty.

While on picket duty in the Shenandoah Valley during bad weather that consisted of snow,
hail, and wind, Cornelius developed severe ear infections;  his right ear was left totally deaf
and his left ear was partially deaf.  This disability qualified him for a partial pension prior to
retirement.
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