(1748–1811) Revolutionary and U.S. army officer and public servant. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, David Ziegler had already served six years in the Russian army before emigrating to Pennsylvania in 1774. He joined the army the next year and became a second lieutenant in the First Regiment of Continental Infantry in 1776. His military experience proved very useful training soldiers at Valley Forge, and he earned promotion to captain for distinguished performance at Monmouth (1778). Ziegler retired briefly from the army after the war, but in 1784 he accepted a captaincy in Pennsylvania's First American Regiment. He and his well-trained company provided some dependable troops for Gens. Arthur St. Clair and Josiah Harmar in their unsuccessful campaigns to subjugate the Indians in the Ohio country. Ziegler rose to the rank of major before resigning his commission in 1792. Afterwards he served in a number of elected and appointed political positions in Ohio.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.