Henry  Siegel

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 90275

Henry Siegel

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Henry Siegel
Birth Name Henrik Anker Bjerregaard Ziegler
Lived 28 Sep 1831 - ca. 1885
Birth Place Stade in Vaage, Oppland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Chicago, Cook County, IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Sergeant
Muster Date 27 Sep 1861
Mother Suri Korstene Margrete
Father Ulric Reonhalds Ziegler
Immigration 1858
Spouse Hella M.
Spouse Lived 1830-

Henry Siegel was born “Henrik Anker Bjerregaard Ziegler” at Stade in Vaage, Oppland, Norway. He was son of Captain U. R. Ziegler. Henry came to U. S. in 1858. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

 The army listed him as living in Chicago, IL, age 30, and unmarried. He enlisted on September 27, 1861, as Sergeant (Sersjant) and mustered on December 15, 1861. He was promoted to First Sergeant and then commissioned as a Lieutenant (Løytnant) on January 8, 1862, and detached from Company to serve as Provost Marshall at General Davis’ First division headquarters. He was commissioned First Lieutenant on December 16, 1862, at Murfreesboro, TN. Siegel was detached on October 13, 1863, to take command over the escort for the provision transport from Stevenson, AL, to Chattanooga. He was sick in hospital at Chattanooga. On December 24, 1863, he was given leave from hospital. He was sick in the hospital on June 25, 1864. He was commissioned as Captain but never mustered as such. He mustered out as First Lieutenant on December 20, 1864, at Chattanooga.

After the war, he married Hella M. and served as a county constable in Chicago. Hella filed for a pension in her husband's name on June 27, 1885.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.14; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.340, p.360, photo; Lonn, p.319; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.267, photo, p.290; email, Harold Kjode, Molde, Norway; Norway Digital Archives, 1870 Census, Roll: M593_210, Page: 6A, Image: 15, Family History Library Film: 545709; Civil War Pension Index, Roll# T288_430.


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