PROFILE of EDWARD SEIBEL
8th MO Infantry (US)
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explanation of why people from other states joined the 8th Missouri)
Captain Edward Seibel was born in Hessen, Germany.
He was born in 1823, and passed away at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1891, when 68 years of age.
He was a cabinet maker and millwright in Germany, and came to the United States in 1848,
after which he served with the rank of Captain in the Mexican war.
He returned to Germany in 1850 for a short time, but in 1851 again came to the new world and made his way westward to Warsaw, Illinois, where he engaged in business as cabinetmaker, a millwright, builder, and architect.
In this 1870's photo, Edward Seibel is the seated man in the white beard.
The photo comes to us from Edward Seibel's descendent: Patty Erskine.
When the Civil war was inaugurated, he organized a company at Warsaw, but the
regiment could not be mustered in quick enough in Illinois to suit him and so
he brought his troops to Missouri where they became the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry.
While serving in defense of the Union, Captain Seibel was wounded.
After the war he located in Quincy, Illinois, and in 1871 removed to Hannibal, Missouri. He was a very progressive man, active and efficient in all that he undertook, and wherever he went he enjoyed the respect and friendship of all with whom he came in contact.
The above information comes from "The Centennial History Of Missouri", where Louis L. Seibel talks about his father, Edward Seibel.