Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Elijah Niebel

 

LH-MISC MSS


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Photocopies were donated to the Hayes Presidential Center in 1996 by direct descendants of Elijah Niebel. The originals have been retained by the family.

Biographical Sketch

Elijah Niebel, born 1839 in Wyandot County, Ohio, was the son of Levi and Elizabeth (Ritter) Niebel. He enlisted in Company D of the 72nd OVI at the Loudon Church, Loudon Twp., of Seneca County, Ohio in October of 1861. He took part in the battles of Shiloh, Jackson, Corinth, and the Siege of Vicksburg with the 72nd. On the first of January, 1864, Corporal Niebel re-enlisted with many of his comrades of the 72nd. At the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads in June of 1864, he was captured along with over two hundred men of his regiment. He survived imprisonment at Andersonville, Georgia and Florence, South Carolina. After his discharge in June of 1865, Niebel returned to farming in the Fostoria area where he married Emily Young. He actively participated in Civil War reunions and Grand Army of the Republic functions until his death in 1930.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photocopies of twelve letters written by Niebel to his family in Seneca County, Ohio from March of 1862 until February 1864, and an undated, unsigned, single page from a letter believed to have been written by a Niebel family member who served in the 169th Ohio National Guard. The Niebel correspondence provides a view of daily duties and combat experiences of a soldier serving with the Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War.

Inventory

Ac.5353

12 Items

Papers, 1862-1864

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