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Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912
Franz Sigel, 18 Nov 1824 - 21 Aug 1902
Transfer lithograph on paper
Image: 14.1 × 19.5 cm (5 9/16 × 7 11/16")
Sheet: 24.1 × 30.6 cm (9 1/2 × 12 1/16")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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German-born Franz Sigel was one of several political generals whose Civil War service proved to be largely ineffective and worrisome to President Lincoln. Sigel aroused the spite of Adalbert Volck for his foibles on the battlefield. And despite their shared Germanic ancestry, Volck and Sigel had different views of American patriotism. Sigel, however, did prove to be useful in recruiting German immigrants, many of whom could speak little English. "I’m going to fight mit Sigel" became a favorite wartime slogan and song. Volck satirizes Sigel and his "valiant men" as they harass and draw their weapons on women and children whom they have just made destitute by burning their homes.