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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

Scope and Content

The Franz Sigel Papers consist mainly of correspondence and military materials. The correspondence, which includes Sigel's as well as some of his family members, spans over important periods in history, such as the German revolution of 1848, waves of German immigration into the United States, and the American Civil War. The military papers include correspondence, reports, orders of battle, and maps. There are also a number of Sigel's writings and translations as well as materials that others have written in his honor. Although many of the military documents are in English, most of Sigel's personal documents are in German. In part because Sigel was a high-ranking military officer during the Civil War whose rise was suspected to be due to political maneuvering than military prowess, there are a number of letters written to President Abraham Lincoln, both from and concerning Sigel. There are also copies of letters and dispatches with Lincoln's signature. Please note that manuscript items written by U.S. Presidents and other notable figures will only be delivered to researchers in a photocopy format. Researchers can also access most presidential papers through their published form. See staff for more details. Portions of this collection relating to the Civil War have been digitized and are available to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.

Lincoln Correspondence

  1. Box 1/Folder 10: Copy of Lincoln's order to form the Army of the Potomac
  2. Box 1/Folder 12: Copy of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  3. Box 1/Folder 12: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  4. Box 1/Folder 12: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  5. Box 1/Folder 13: Copy of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  6. Box 1/Folder 14: Copy of dispatch from President's Office
  7. Box 1/Folder 14: Copy of letter to Lincoln from Offciers of the Eleventh Corps
  8. Box 1/Folder 12: Drafts of letter to Lincoln from Officers of the Eleventh Corps
  9. Box1/Folder 14: Copy of letter to Lincoln from Officers of the 3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
  10. Box 1/Folder 15: Copy of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  11. Box 1/Folder 15: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  12. Box 1/Folder 15: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  13. Box 2/Folder 2: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  14. Box 2/ Folder 2: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln
  15. Box 2/ Folder 2: Draft of letter from Sigel to Lincoln

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into seven series which are arranged chronologically.

Franz Sigel Papers

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Legal Documents
  3. Series III: Professional and Political Documents
  4. Series IV: Military Documents
  5. Series V: Writings
  6. Series VI: Clippings, Ephemera, Tributes
  7. Series VII: Family Papers