He was born in 1837/38 (21 (23 in 1861), 25 (58 in ?1895), 26 (65 in 1903), 32 (11 in 1850)). He was born in Pennsylvania (25, 32). He was the oldest child of Samuel and Jane Lentz (26).
In 1850, he was living in the 4th ward of Southwark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (32). He was living with his parents Samuel and Jane Lentz, others (presumably his siblings) and Mary Hagen (32). He had attended school within the year (32).
In June 1861, he was second lieutenant of the Ellsworth Guard, which was a Home Guard company from the first ward of Philadelphia (27).
When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia (21).
He enlisted and was mustered into service as second lieutenant of company E on 9 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 3, 4, 15, 19, 21, 28, 31 [8 Sep], 36).
On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment (25).
On 7 February 1863, he was a lieutenant, and was acting regimental quartermaster (16).
On 27 April 1863, at General Tyler's orders, he sent a wagon for the Brigade Pioneers' knapsacks and provisions, and asked Benjamin Tayman detail someone to be in charge of the wagon; Tayman chose William H Carpenter (35).
He was present at the Battle of Gettysburg, as regimental quartermaster (6).
On 10 December 1683, Frank Toner, company E, was detailed as brigade teamster and ordered to report to Lentz ("RQM") (9). During December 1863, he was the only officer other than company officers responsible for ordnance (14).
He was Quartermaster in January 1864 (34).
On 19 February 1864, Adam Stitzman (F) was ordered to report to him for duty in the quartermaster department (12). On 7 March 1864, Sinex reported that he expected Lentz to be detached (but, unfortunately, I can't read the name of the Major who was going to detach him) (10).
He was promoted to captain and assistant quartermaster of volunteers effective 18 May 1864 (19, 22, 31). On 27 June 1864, he was discharged to allow him to accept a commission as Captain and assistant quartermaster, US Volunteers (2, 13, 15, 21 [8 May 64], 23). (Bates (1) and the pension index (4) have 8 May 1864.)
He was honorably mustered out on 5 June 1866 (19). He had served for fifty-seven months (25). He was first lieutenant of company E (36).
He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (33).
On 1 August 1895, he was admitted from California to the Veteran's Home in California (25). He had rheumatism (25). When he was admitted, he was a plumber (25).
He applied successfully from California for a pension on 14 August 1895 (4, 31).
He died on 11 September 1903, at the Veterans' Home, in Napa, California (4 [1908?], 26, 31). He was buried on 14 September 1903, in Napa, California (26)
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)
4 pension index, by regiment (David H Lentz)
5 Welch, p.505
6 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
7 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 19 November 1863
8 special order 93, HQ 91st PA, 24 September 1863
9 special order 111, HQ 91st PA, 10 December 1863
10 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864
11 letter, Sinex to Fowler, 27 April 1864
12 special order 7, HQ 91st PA, 19 February 1864
13 special order 49, HQ 91st PA, 26 June 1864
14 letter, Sellers to Bennett, 7 September 1864
16 consolidated morning report, 7 February 1863 (Lieut David Lentz)
17 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 16 March 1863 (Lieut David H Lentz; Lieut D H Lentz)
18 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 20 March 1863 (Lieut Lentz)
19 Heitman, Francis B. Historical register and dictionary of the United States Army, from its organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903. (David Henry Lentz)
20 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 25 December 1863 (Lt Lentz)
21 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 17 May 2004 (David H Lentz)
22 pension index, by name, searched 21 May 2004, at Ancestry (David H Lentz)
23 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 ([not named])
24 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1896. Serial Set volume 3516, session volume 40, 54th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 46. Page 606. (David H Lentz)
25 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (David H Lentz)
26 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 September 1903, page 7 (David H Lentz)
27 'The Home Guard organization', Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 1861, page 2 (David H Lentz)
28 'Camp Chase at Gray's Ferry' Philadelphia Inquirer 19 October 1861 page 8 (David Lentz)
29 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (DH Lentz)
30 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (DH Lentz)
31 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (David H Lentz)
32 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 822, page 252 = 543 handwritten (David H Lentz)
33 Register of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Compiled from the Registers and Circulars of the Various Commanderies by J. Harris Aubin. Boston: Published under the Auspices of the Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, 1 January 1906. (David H Lentz)
34 'Arrival of the 91st regiment Pennsylvania volunteers' (Philadelphia Press 9 January 1864, page 2) (D H Lentz)
35 National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 153: Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), 1792-1982, general court martial, 25 May 1863 (David H Lentz)
36 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David H Lentz)
37 * muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (David H Lentz)
|NUMBER OF EACH GRADE.||[blank]|
|NAMES. PRESENT AND ABSENT.||David H Lentz|
|JOINED FOR SERVICE AND ENROLLED AT GENERAL RENDEZVOUS--COMMENCEMENT OF FIRST PAYMENT BY TIME.||WHEN.||Jan 1 /63|
|BY WHOM.||Lt Col Ruff|
|MUSTERED INTO SERVICE.||WHEN.||Jan 1 /65|
|BY WHOM.||Lt Abbott|
|LAST PAID.||BY PAYMASTER.|
|TO WHAT TIME.|
|TRAVELING.||To place of rendezvous, No. of miles.|
|From place of discharge home, No. of miles.|
|Clothing Act||Due U.S|
|AMOUNT for clothing in kind, or in money advanced.|
|VALUE OF equipments, arms &c., received from the United States, to be paid for if lost or destroyed.|
|Promoted from 2nd Lt Compy E to RQM vice Ayers [sic; sc. George Eyre] Deceased [?]. Promoted to Capt AQM|
|Name||Samuel Lentz||Jane "||David H. "||Jane E. "||Clara R. "||Samuel W. "||Henry "||Henry D. "||Mary Hagen|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Grocer||Bottler|
|Real estate owned||$1000|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||Scotland|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
LENTZ.--September 11, 1903 [sic], at Napa, Cal., Captain DAVID H. LENTZ (formerly of Phladelphia), eldest son of the late Samuel and Jane Lentz, aged 65 years. Interment will be made at Napa, Cal., Monday, September 14.