Hermann Lieb

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Hermann Lieb
Born (1826-05-24)May 24, 1826
Ermatingen, Switzerland
Died March 5, 1908(1908-03-05) (aged 81)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Place of burial Rosehill Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Union Army
Years of service 1861-1866
Rank Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brevet Brigadier General, U.S.V.
Commands held Louisiana 9th Louisiana Regiment
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Other work lawyer, editor, postal worker, author

Hermann Lieb (a.k.a. Herman Lieb[1]) (May 24, 1826 – March 5, 1908) was a Swiss immigrant to the United States who served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered as the commander of the Union forces at the Battle of Milliken's Bend in 1863.

Early life[edit]

Lieb was born in Switzerland in 1826 and was educated there and in France.[2] He emigrated to the United States and settled in 1856 in Decatur, Illinois, where he began practicing law.

American Civil War[edit]

At the outbreak of the war, he enlisted for ninety days as a private in Company B of the 8th Illinois Infantry.[3] Upon reorganization of the regiment as a three-year unit in July 1861, Lieb was elected captain and the following year was promoted to major.[3] He fought at the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and the siege of Corinth.

Sometime in the spring of 1863 he was appointed colonel of the 9th Louisiana Regiment of African Descent. During the Vicksburg campaign Lieb commanded the post of Milliken's Bend along the Mississippi River. Here, on June 7, 1863, Lieb defeated Confederate forces under General Henry E. McCulloch and was wounded during the fighting. On August 7 of that year he was appointed colonel of the 5th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery where he performed garrison duty in the Vicksburg area for the remainder of 1863. On May 6, 1864, he was given command of the artillery forces of the Post of Vicksburg.[1]

On March 13, 1865 Lieb was promoted to brevet brigadier general of U.S. volunteers and was mustered out of the volunteer service on March 20, 1866.[1]

After the War[edit]

Lieb returned to Illinois where he worked as a newspaper editor, postal worker and author. He died in 1908.

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