Gravesite memorial service planned for Civil War veteran
MOUNT CARMEL - As part of Memorial Day services, the Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans and Garfield Camp 34 of the Sons of Union Veterans will hold a gravesite memorial service at Mount Carmel Cemetery in honor and memory of Pvt. Charles Deitrich, who was a veteran of the Civil War.
Deitrich, born on a farm in Schuylkill County, was a pioneer resident of Mount Carmel Borough. He came to Mount Carmel at an early age. When the Civil War broke out, he was one of the first to enlist and, according to the Garfield Camp, was honorably discharged at the end of the conquest with a brilliant war record.
Deitrick enrolled and was mustered in as a private at Pottsville on Feb. 22, 1864. at the age of 18 in Company D of the 48th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He left Pottsville March 14, 1864.
Deitrich participated in the following military actions in 1864-65: Annapolis, Md., until April. Rapidan Campaign from May 4 to June 12, Battles of the Wilderness from May 5 to 7, Spottsylvania from May 8 to 12, Spottsylvania C. H. from May 12 to 21, assault on the Salient on May 12, Stannard's Mills on May 21, North Anna River from May 23 to 26, line of the Pamunkey May 26 to 28, Totopotomoy from May 28 to 31, Cold Harbor from June 1 to 12, Bethesda Church from June 1 to 3, before Petersburg from June 16 to 18, siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865 and Jerusalem Plank Road from June 22 to 23, 1864.
Deitrich was present at the mine explosion in Petersburg July 30 where many coal region veterans participated. He was at Weldon Railroad from Aug. 18 to 21, Poplar Springs Church from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Oct. 27 and 28, assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2, 1865; occupation of Petersburg April 3, march to Farmville April 3 to 9, Petersburg and City Point April 20 to 24, Alexandria April 26 to 28, grand review May 23 and duty at Washington and Alexandria until July. Deitrich was mustered out July 17, 1865.
His regiment lost 11 officers and 145 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and three officers and 142 enlisted men by disease.
After the war, he settled in Mount Carmel and married Miss Sarah Manney. They had four children. His occupation was that of a laborer. He died at his home at 234 S. Chestnut St. at 72 years of age from a weak heart. He was also been blind for his last 16 years.
Funeral services were conducted at his home by the Rev. James Daniel Kistler, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Church at Avenue and Hickory Street. Internment was at Mount Carmel Cemetery under the care of undertaker Ervin.
Garfield Camp 34, chartered Aug. 9, 1883 is the oldest veteran-affiliated organization in Mount Carmel. It is named for James A. Garfield. Civil War general and U.S. president. Its camp headquarters is in the Lithuanian Social Club in Mount Carmel.