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Civil War Soldiers - Stahel

Stahel, Julius, major-general, U.S. Army, also known as Count Sebastiani, was born in Csongrad, Hungary, Nov. 4, 1825. He received a classical education in his native town and at Buda-Pesth, and then entered the Austrian army as a private. He had reached the rank of a commissioned officer when the Hungarian revolution opened, and he at once resigned and threw in his lot with his fellow-countrymen. As an aide on the staffs of Gen. Arthur Gorger and Gen. Richard D. Guyon he rendered brilliant and effective service, but the Austrian forces finally triumphed and he was forced to flee the country. He resided for some years in Berlin and London, gaining a livelihood as a teacher and journalist, and in 1859 he came to the United States and settled in New York city, where he was the editor of an eminent and influential weekly German newspaper until 1861. In May, 1861, he entered the Federal army as a volunteer and was made lieutenant-colonel of the 8th N. Y. infantry. He commanded this regiment at the first battle of Bull Run and was soon afterward made its colonel. On Nov. 12, 1861, he was promoted to be brigadier-general of volunteers and took part in all the earlier battles of the war, especially distinguishing himself at Cross Keys. He was advanced to be major-general of volunteers on March 14, 1863, and for some time commanded a division of the 11th army corps under Gen. Franz Sigel. He resigned his commission and retired from the army on Feb. 8, 1865, and early in 1866 was appointed by President Johnson U. S. consul at Yokohama, Japan, where he remained until poor health compelled his retirement in 1869. He then returned to the United States, and from 1870 till 1877 he was a successful mining engineer and mine owner in the Western states. In 1877 he was again appointed consul at Yokohama, and in March, 1884, was made consul-general at Shanghai, where he remained until Grover Cleveland became president in 1885. He then returned to New York city, where he became interested in various business enterprises.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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