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Maj. Gen. Julius S. Stahel
Field & Staff
8th New York Infantry
Civil War

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Julius S. Stahel
Residence New York City NY; 37 years old.
Enlisted on 4/23/1861 at New York City, NY as a Lieut Colonel.
On 4/23/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NY 8th Infantry
He was discharged for promotion on 11/12/1861
On 11/12/1861 he was commissioned into
US Volunteers General Staff
He Resigned on 2/8/1865
* Colonel 8/11/1861
* Brig-General 11/12/1861
* Major-Gen 3/14/1863
Other Information:
born 11/5/1825 in Szeged, Hungary
died 12/4/1912 in New York City, NY
Medal of Honor Information:
He was awarded the Medal of Honor
for action on 6/5/1864 at Staunton, VA.
(Led his division into action until he was severely wounded)
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
- Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
- Heitman: Register of United States Army 1789-1903
- Generals in Blue, Lives of the Union Commanders
- Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of Honor
- Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994
- Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Commandery of MOLLUS
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @

Stahel, Julius, major-general, 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
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8


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