Pvt. Nicholas John Seibel, Sr.
Co. A – 4th Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers
Co. D – 1st Regiment Missouri Light Artillery Volunteers
4th Regiment Missouri Cavalry
Nicholas Seibel was born in St. Louis on June 19, 1842 to Nicholas and Sophia (Hoffman) Seibel. He was the sixth of their seven children. His siblings were Jacob, Frederick, Catherine, Mary, Conrad and Henry. His father was born in Bavaria, Germany and came to St. Louis in the 1830's...he was one of the early butchers of St. Louis and lived in that city for more than twenty years. He died in 1851 and his wife in 1861.
When President Lincoln called for troops to put down the Rebellion, Nicholas Seibel was nineteen years of age and was just about to enter upon business life. He gave up his plans and responded to his country's need in April 1861, enlisting at St. Louis for three months in Company A, 4th Missouri Infantry.
Upon the expiration of his term of service he reenlisted in the 4th Missouri Cavalry, and subsequently reenlisted in the 1st Missouri Light Artillery. He was present at the battles of Camp Jackson, Springfield, Pea Ridge, Missionary Ridge, Corinth, Decatur, Huntsville and many other engagements of great importance during the war.
At the Battle of Corinth he received injuries from which he never entirely recovered and carried a bullet in his leg for many years.
In 1865 Nicholas married Miss Mary Minor of St. Louis. Eleven children were born to this union. My mother, Dymphna M. Seibel was born on May 15, 1874 and was the fifth in line. They also had twin girls born on January 19, 1882... the same date January 19th as I had twin girls...72 years later!
After the War and his marriage, he became connected with the plumbing and pump repairing business with his sons. At the St. Louis County Library, there is an article about my grandfather, written by "Wm. L. Thomas" ... " History of St. Louis County" Volume 2, pages 338-342, and a picture of him. It tells about his membership in the Blair Post #1 G.A.R. and his early boyhood. He remembered when buffaloes were killed in Missouri and his father's (who was a butcher) displaying buffalo meat for sale in his market. He also remembered seeing many Indians in full war regalia. In 1862 he was present when fifteen thousand Indians were in camp at Springfield, Missouri, when they were imbued with a desire to enlist in the Union service in the Civil War, but the federal government refused to accept their services.
After being discharged from the army, he was captured on his way home by Rebel bushwhackers and was confined in the garret of a log cabin; but at night made his escape through the roof. He was recaptured and again escaped, but was later taken prisoner by a band of Federal troops.
The Archives Department in Washington, D.C. has copies of his pension records, etc., and also have a copy of his Honorable Discharge from the Army and a badge with "F.C.L. at the top, an American flag with 13 stars on the blue background, 7 red stripes and 6 white stars and also a five star medal with the inscription "Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic" 1886.
Nicholas died at the house of his daughter, Clemont Frey in Edgemont, Illinois on December 22, 1922. I was eight years old at the time but remember visiting him and asking him to play his music box with the large metal records. At that time he walked with a cane and spent much of his time whittling things from wood... I have a whistle he made for me.