Dietrich Bingle was born October 7, 1833 in Ilschhausen, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Hessen, (now Germany). He set sail in 1857 for America and settled in rural upstate New York with two of his brothers. While there, he married Amelia Marcinette (born November 1842 in Alcace Lorraine, France) in 1860 and began farming in Croghan (Lewis County), New York. There they started a family, bearing four children there in a family that would eventually total 13.
On August 11, 1862, Dietrich enlisted in the Union Army in Wilna, New York. The Civil War had been fought for about a year and a half at that point, but specific reasons as to why he enlisted are elusive. On September 11, 1862, he was mustered into Company D, 10th New York Heavy Artillery. His rank was Private, which was what he left the army as three years later.
For most of the war, his regiment was assigned to garrison duty at Fort Dupont in the defense of Washington, D.C. and saw no battle. However, in May 1864, due to the expectation that an attack on the Capitol would be highly unlikely, the 10th New York Heavy Artillery was transferred to the Army of the Potomac and converted from artillery to an infantry regiment. For the last year of the war, Dietrich’s regiment participated in battles such as Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred, and Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Bingle mustered out of service shortly after the end of the war on June 23, 1864 in Petersburg, Virginia and returned to New York.
Sometime between 1871 and 1875, he relocated the family to Lexington, Nebraska and in 1875, Amelia gave birth to Charles, the first (now spelled) Bingell born in Nebraska. He again took up farming and lived to be 90 years old, dying in 1923. Amelia followed him in death in 1920.
Photograph and information submitted by Joe Marti, PPCC Gen. George Wright Camp 22, Department of California and the Pacific, SUVCW.