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Cased CDV Image of General Franz Sigel (SOLD)

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This is a unique piece being offered, it is a war-time photograph of General Franz Sigel. What makes this different is that it is a typical CDV image, but it was trimmed and put into a period 6th plate half-case with glass, measuring 3 1/4" x 4".

Unlike many generals who led during the Civil War, Franz Sigel gained his leadership experience from his service in the army of his home country, Baden (modern day Germany). He graduated from the Karlsruhe Military Academy in 1843, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Baden Army. He participated in the 1848 Revolution which spread throughout many of the small Germanic countries, and fled from Prussian suppression, eventually moving to New York.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Sigel became a colonel with the 3rd Missouri, where he fought under General Nathaniel Lyon. He led his troops in skirmishes near Camp Jackson, in St. Louis, and in Carthage, Missouri, establishing Federal control of the area. On August 7, 1861, after Lyon was killed, he was promoted to brigadier general, partly as a tool to help recruit German-Americans into the Union Army.

Over the next year Sigel was involved in numerous campaigns and was promoted to the rank of Major General. Sigel was known for rallying German-Americans to enlist for the Union as they declared: "I goes to fight mit Sigel."

When General John C. Fremont resigned his commission after finding out that his heretofore independent command would be reconstituted as the I Corps in the newly formed Army of Virginia, General John Pope had to find a new commander – he chose Franz Sigel.

Sigel was generally praised for his efforts in the Second Battle of Bull Run. His troops defended against "Stonewall" Jackson's assault on August 29th and attempted to hold back General James Longstreet's massive assault the following day. After suffering ignominious defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run and retreating back to Washington, Sigel's First Corps were disbanded and reassigned as the Army of Potomac's Eleventh Corps.

Franz Sigel commanded the XI Corps over the winter of 1862-63, but saw no action, remaining in reserve during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Much to the dismay of his men, who were largely German immigrants, Sigel left the corps in February 1863, and was replaced by General Oliver O. Howard.

This is a great war-time image of General Sigel, very sharp and showing him in his uniform with Brigadier General epaulettes. Very interesting displayed in the case.

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