Donald Erlenkotter submitted these notes on Dave Alexander's review of Scott Miller's book, Medallic Art of the American
Numismatic Society, 1865-2014. Thanks. I bolded a couple key words to clarify the relationship of Franz and Emil Sigel. -Editor
The review states regarding the ANS's first medal, which was engraved by Emil Sigel, that
"Sigel was prolific, and among his best-known signed Civil War tokens were cent-sized coppers hailing a cousin, the
1848 German democratic refugee General Franz Sigel as 'Hero of Pea Ridge.' That was an epic battle in the Western Department
whose pivotal importance was muted by its trivial-sounding name."
Actually, Franz Sigel was the eldest brother of the engraver Emil Sigel. The four Sigel brothers all came to the U.S. and, except
for Emil, served in the Union Army during the Civil War. My paper on the Sigel family and the "Hero of Pea Ridge" Civil War
token, which details all this, appeared in The Civil War Token Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer 2004), pp. 3-10. This paper was
awarded the CWTS first place literary award for 2004.
Incidentally, my great-great-granduncle Richard Montgomery Hubbell fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, but on the Confederate side. He
had been a newspaperman and was in charge of printing the newspaper for the troops at the time of the battle. He gave it the name
"Battle of Elkhorn Tavern" after a local tavern at the site, and this became the name the Confederates used for the battle. I
have a copy of Hubbell's memoirs in which he describes all this.
My point here isn't major, but given the long continuing confusion about the relationship between Franz and Emil Sigel I hate to see
the error reinforced in this important new publication. Since I haven't seen the actual book yet, I don't know whether the cousin
designation appeared in it or just in the review.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
BOOK REVIEW: MEDALLIC ART OF THE ANS, 1865-2014
Wayne Homren, Editor
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