My sister came across this original Civil War discharge letter at an antique shop. She purchased it in hopes that it would someday make its way back to family members.
David S. Sigler was born 10 December 1842 in Ohio. The son of Dr. John Sigler and his wife, Hulda Elsworth Wilson. Hulda died in 1848 and John married Arsula Adams. The family was enumerated in 1860 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where John was a practicing physician. David’s occupation was listed as a clerk.
By 1861 the family had relocated to Iowa, where David enlisted with the Union Army on 1 July 1861 at the age of 19. He joined Company B, Iowa 6th Infantry Regiment on 17 July 1861. He was promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 1 July 1862 and to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 24 January 1863. He mustered out on 3 August 1864.
In faint pencil written on the back of the letter is the following:
“Billy, Make copy of the [wittness]? for filing in the office and give this original to Lt. Sigler.”
After his time in the military David returned to Iowa and married Anne Elizabeth Harper in 1866. He was appointed a United States Postmaster on 15 January 1869 for Corning, Adams, Iowa. By 1870 David was a prominent banker in Quincy, Adams, Iowa. According to the 1870 US census he had a personal estate valued of $6,000 and real estate valued at $10,000.
Known children born to David and Anne: Frederic, Huldah, and Flora.
David died 2 September 1892 and Anne died 7 April 1894. They are interred at the IOOF Cemetery in Indianola, Warren, Iowa.
Learn more about the 6th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.