Major General FRANZ SIGEL Civil War Autobiography
General FRANZ SIGEL (1824-1902). American army officer, reached the rank of Major-General of Volunteers during the Civil War.
July 23, 1895-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed, “F. Sigel,” 1 page, 8” x 10”, Quarto, Choice Extremely Fine. A lovely and concise short portion Civil War Autobiography from Sigel. Nicely Handwritten in dark black ink upon light blue lined tan period wove paper, from New York City, to H.E. Burbank, Esqr. Here, Sigel pens, in full:
“Dear Sir, -- In answer to yours of the 20th inst., I wish to say that in April 1861, when in St. Louis Mo., I published a call for the organization of a regiment, entered my name as a private in one of the companies, was elected Major and Colonel of that regiment, the 3rd Missouri and also organized a battalion of artillery as the regiment was 300 men stronger than the normal strength numbered. Ranked as Colonel from the 19th of April ‘61, then commanded a brigade (3d & 5 Mo and two batteries) under Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, was appointed Brig. Genl’ (17 May ‘61) served as such in command of a division and two divisions under Genl’s Fremont and Curtis, was appointed Major General (21 of March ‘62), was transferred to the East and served as a commander of a corps under Pope & McClellan of two corps (grand divisions) under Burnside and Hooker; as the Commander of the department of West Va etc and resigned on the 5 May 1865. Resp & truly yours, -- (Signed) F. Sigel, Late Maj. Genl.”