(1824–1902) Union army officer. Sigel was born in Baden, where he was active in the move for German unification, and entered military service there. In the Civil War he became an active Unionist, rallying German-American support in Missouri for the North. Although he was at best a modestly successful leader, and often was simply incompetent, he was lionized in the German-American press, which made him a hero. His reputation began to founder when he made unsubstantiated charges against Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell and deteriorated further after his defeat at New Market in 1864.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.