Jacob Peniska

BirthMarch 4, 1836
DeathMarch 28, 1920
CemeteryPonca Indian (Knox Co)
PostLander (Niobrara)
Unit1st Nebraska Cavalry, Company E

Private Jacob Peniska

Company C, 1st Battalion, Nebraska Cavalry

Company E, 1st Nebraska Veteran Cavalry

Peniska (also spelled Paniska) was born in New York State on March 4, 1836. Civil War records indicate that he was also known by “Paniska” and “Painskey”. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion on May 23, 1864 and was mustered on June 4, 1864. Peniska served about 13 months before transferring to the 1st Nebraska Cavalry. He served about 1 year with that unit and was mustered out on July 1, 1866.

The 1st Battalion, Nebraska Cavalry was organized at Omaha between January and August 1864. The outfit saw duty in the Nebraska Territory and Colorado. It performed duties against Indians and guarded overland mail routes. The unit consolidated the the 1st Nebraska Veteran Cavalry on July 10, 1865.

The 1st Nebraska Veteran Cavalry performed duties in Colorado and the Nebraska Territory. Its’ duties were similar to those of the 1st Battalion. The unit was mustered out on July 1, 1866.

Peniska died on March 28, 1920 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in the Ponca Indian Cemetery in Ponca (Dixon County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Lander Post (#125) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Niobrara, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.