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Guide to the Franz Sigel Papers
1806-1930 (bulk 1848-1880)
 MS 565

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Collection processed by Corrinne Collett. Finding aid by Christine George.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 23, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1848-1901, undated

Scope and Content

Within this series, Sigel's correspondence is separated into three subseries, based upon the method of organization. There is a subseries of loose correspondence, numbered correspondence, and bound correspondence. The bulk of this correspondence was written during the American Civil War, although it dates back as far as the 1848 revolution and as far forward as 1901, a year before Sigel's death. There are a number of letters written to President Abraham Lincoln, and a couple with his signature. There does not appear to be a reason why some of this correspondence was numbered, some bound, and others left loose. Many items in this series are written in German.

Subseries I.A: Loose Correspondence, 1848-1901, undated

Scope and Content

This subseries contains correspondence written upon loose pieces of paper. It is organized chronologically and has a number of letters written to Lincoln as well as a few letters with his signature.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1849-1860
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
January-August 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
September 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
October 1-11, 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
October 12-31, 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
November 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
December 1861
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
January-March 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
April-May 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
June 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence
July-August 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
September 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence
October 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
November-December 1862
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence
January 1863
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence
February 1863
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence
March-July 1863
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence
August-December 1863
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence
January-March 1864
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence
April-December 1864
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1865-1866
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1867-1869
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1870-1871
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1872-1875
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1876-1880
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1881-1886
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1887-1902
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence (oversized)
1849-1865

Subseries I.B: Numbered Correspondence, 1861-1862

Scope and Content

The correspondence within this subseries has been numbered, possibly by Sigel as a means of organization. In certain instances, it appears that the numbered progression of correspondence was based on where the correspondence was written. There is a folder within this subseries of numbers that cannot be matched to a particular place or correspondence's numbered progression.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 2 St. Louis Arsenal (1-47)
May 16-June 11, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 3 General 1861 (1-50)
May 17-June 28, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 4 General 1861 (51-102)
June 24-July 8, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Headquarters Expedition to the South West (1-52)
June 28-July 28, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Headquarters, Western Department (1-19)
August 15-October 30, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Unmatched Numbers 1861
May 17-September 18, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 8 General 1862 (1-60)
January 5-March 12, 1862
Box: 3 Folder : 9 General 1862 (61-99)
March 23-April 3, 1862

Subseries I.C: Bound Correspondence, 1861-1862

Scope and Content

This subseries contains correspondence that has been bound together, possibly for organizational or storage purposes. Within each bound grouping, the correspondence is organization chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Letters Written and Received (BI)
May 8-October 26, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Orders and Instructions Received from Generals Fremont, Hunter, Halleck, and Curtis (EI)
August 26, 1861-January 23, 1862
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Letters Written and Orders Issued by Brigadier General F. Sigel whilst in Command at Rolla (EIII)
December 18-24, 1861
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Letters Sent and Received
January-August 1862
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Letters Written and Issued
August 27, 1861-March 22, 1862
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Brigade Order Book I and Orders of the Department of the West
June 2-July 20, 1861
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Brigade Orders II
July 20-August 26, 1861
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Letters from General Sigel
June 2-August 27, 1861
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Letters and Orders Received by General Sigel, Missouri
June 3-November 6, 1861
Box: 4 Folder : 6 1864 Manifold Writers
June 12-July 7, 1864

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