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Subject: [IA-CIVIL-WAR] Martin Van Buren Sigler , Co H 3rd Iowa Cavalry
Date: 8 Jan 2004 09:50:22 -0700
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Surnames: Sigler, Hupp , Conner, Coder, Ayers, Hughes, Bussey, Caldwell, Steele, Smith, Wilson, Forest, Knight, Rhodes, Davis, Heaton, Satterfield, Hazelton
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COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE ( Carroll Co., Iowa)
January 3, 1919
Martin Van Buren Sigler
MVB Sigler of Carrollton died Wednesday of last week, December 25. Hehad been in failing health for sometime and a few days before his death he received a stroke of paralysis. He passed away in his 82nd year,having lived in CArroll county since 1874 and therefore was one of the earliest pioneers. He served in the war of the rebellion and until enfeebled with age took an active interst in Grand Army and Post affairs. We here reproduce an article The Enterprise published in regards to him in 1912:
"Martin Van Buren Sigler was born in Monroe county, Ohio, May 17, 1837.Came to Iowa in 1855, locating near Keokuk. Moved to Carroll county in 1874, and located in Newton township where he has ever since resided.
Enlisted August 10, 1861 at Keokuk, Iowa, Co H. 3rd Iowa Cavalry. Capt.Hughe's, Col Cyrus Bussey commanding the regiment. Went into rendevous at Keokuk. First order was to go to St. Louis, from St. Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri, from thence to Fulton, Missouri, under command of H. C. Caldwell. From this time on was continuously in the field, the first engagement being at Kirksville, Missouri. For some time thereafter he was in a number of skirmishes, the second battle being at Moore's Mill; then followed a skirmish at Pass, Missouri. From here was ordered to St. Louis, thence to southwest, Missouri. Soon thereafter followed the engagement at Hartsville, Missouri. Returned to Houston and organized for the Little Rock campaign under Gen. Steele. Marched to Little Rock being engaged in a number of skirmishes until the battle of Little Rock where the confederates were defeated, Sol. Caldwell planting the stars and stripes on the Arkansas state capital building. Fr!
om Little Rock the regiment went to bentonville, Arkansas, where the three year's service expired. Re-enlisted for three years more at Keokuk at the expiration of 30 days furlough. Went to St. Louis, from here they joined the army of the Tennessee under Gen. A.J. Smith, the first big engagement being at Cupulo, Mississippi, fighting three days and nights under a black flag, no prisoners being taken. Being on picket duty Mr.Sigler fired the first shot of this battle. 5,000 soldiers were left dead on the field, none being buried. Marched against Gen. Price form Memphis to Choctaw nation, fighting for fifteen days on a March, being four months and ten days wihout change of clothes, and on very short ration most of the time. Organized under Gen. Wilson at Gravel Springs, Alabama, rear guard of Sherman's right wing. First engagement at Lisbon, Alabama, defeated Gen. Forests at Thelma, Alabama, crossed river where Montgomery surrendered, then fought at Columbia, Georgia!
, where army defeated Gen. Forest, from thence to Macon, which surrend
ered, then went to Atlanta where his company was mustered out in July 1865."
Mr. Sigler was married in 1858 to Miss Polly Knight, there being six children born to them--Ashley dying in infancy, the remaining children still living being Mrs. Belle Vandevanter, Mrs. Serepta Ayers, Mrs.Rachel M. Rhodes, Mrs. Eliza Coder and H.M. Sigler. Mr. Sigler's eldest grandson, Ezra Coder, died as a sailor in the Phillippine Islands.
All except Mrs. Ayers and the children were present at the funeral.Short services were held at the residence, in charge of Rev. Riggs.Interment was made in the Carrollton cemetery. Six soldiers of 1917-18 acted as pall bearers, they being Ed Davis, Warren Conner, Clarence Hupp, Wm. Heaton, Kenneth Satterfield and Harold Hazelton.
This is my third great grand uncle, it is his obit but lists an account of his service. I am also related to Hupp and Conner listed in his obit.