|Birth||Sept. 1, 1838|
|Death||Dec. 2, 1933|
|Unit||10th Illinois Infantry, Company G|
Sergeant Hero S Siefken
Company G, 10th Illinois Infantry
Siefken was born in Germany on September 1, 1838. He was residing in Dixon (Lee County), Illinois when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 1, 1861. He served about 3 years and 10 months before he was discharged on July 5, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Siefken enlisted as a private and was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty.
The 10th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Cairo, Illinois on July 29, 1861. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
Siege of Nashville (TN) (September 15-November 6, 1862).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 2-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kennesaw (GA) (June 27, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
General Sherman’s “War to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Siefken died on December 2, 1933 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Giltner (Hamilton County), Nebraska. Siefken was a member of 2 posts of the Grand Army of the Republic:
Stickland Post (#13) in Hastings, Nebraska.
Richardson Post (#60) in Harvard, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.