He was born in 1842/43 (12 (19 in 1862)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and red hair (12).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 10 October 1862 (1, 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (12). He was mustered in as a private in company K, by Lieutenant Justus Gregory (1, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20).
He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (13).
Beginning 13 August 1863, he was under arrest (4). He was tried on 20 August 1863, by a court including two members of the 91st Pennsylvania (Joseph Sinex and Francis Gregory) (15, 16). He was charged with forging an order, in that he presented a forged order signed Theodore Snyder for subsistance stores (15). He pled guilty to charge and specification (15). He stated that he wrote an order for loaves of bread because he felt ill, and did not want to bother Captain Casner, who had several times given him orders for subsistance stores (15). The Court confirmed his guilty plea, and sentenced him:(3, 15)
On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 30 men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist (2). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (7, 11).
He was buried in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia (1, 9).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863
3 special order 72, HQ 91st PA, 3 September 1863
4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 13 August 1863 (DG Leitheiser [?])
5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 5 September 1863 (not named)
6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 September 1863 (not named)
7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Leidheiser)
8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Pri Leidheiser)
9 Veterans' cemeteries, on <www.ancestry.com> (searched 31 Mar 2005) (Dan G Leidosiser)
10 company K, register of deaths (Daniel S Leidheiser)
11 company K, list of men transferred, #30 (Daniel G [?] Leidheiser)
12 company K, descriptive roll (Daniel G Leidheiser)
13 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (D G Leidheiser)
14 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Daniel D Leitheiser)
15 general court-martial record, court convened 19 August 1863, Special Orders 179, HQ 5th Army Corps (D G Leidheiser)
16 National Archives Archival Research Catalog (accessed 24 July 2010) (D G Leidheiser)
17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Daniel G Leidhieser)
18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Daniel G Leidheiser)
19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Daniel B Leidheiser)
20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Daniel B Leidheisher [?])
2 A General Court Martial is hereby appointed to meet in the Camp of Brig General Garrard's Brigade on Wednesday the 19th day of August 1863 at 10. oclock A.M. or as soon thereafter as practible [sic] for the trial of such officers and enlisted men as may be brought before itDetail for the Court
|1||Colonel D. T. Jenkins||146 New York Vols|
|2||Lieut Col J. H. Cain||155th Penna Vols|
|3||Lieut Col J. H. Sinex||91st Penna Vols|
|4||Major J. F. Force||140th New York Vols|
|5||Captain Elwell S. Otis||140th New York Vols|
|6||Captain J. A. Cline||155th Penna Vols|
|7||Captain F. H. Gregory||91st Penna Vols|
|8||2d Lieut W. A. Walker||146th New York Vols|
|1st Lieut J. B. Cushman|
|146th New York Vols|
The Court will sit without regard to hours.
The prisoner D. G. Leidheiser private Co. K. 91st Regt Pa Vols was then brought into Court and having heard the Special Order convening the Court read was asked if he had any objections to the trial by any of the members named
therein to which he replied in the negative. The Court was then duly sworn by the Judge Advocate and the Judge Advocate duly sworn by the presiding officer of the court in the presence of the Prisoner who was then arraigned and tried on the following Viz.
No witnesses being called on the [sic] defense the prisoner made the following statement to the Court I had been down to the river to bathe feeling unwell comming [sic] back by the Commissary I saw some soft bread I went to my tent and wrote the order for these loaves of Bread Capt Casner my commanding officer had given me orders on the Commissary several times and I did not like to ask him for an order I did not think I was wrong at the time But thought it over afterwards and thought it was and felt very sorry I had done it
The case here closed
The court was then cleared and after mature deliberation do find the prisoner as follows of [sic]
And do therefore sentence him Private D. G. Leidheiser Co K 91st Pa Vol Inf to forfit [sic] $10.00 per month of his monthly pay for three months and to work at hard labor six