The Civil War in Missouri

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General Peter J. Osterhaus

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Osterhaus, like his compatriot Franz Sigel, left Germany following the failed 1848 revolution and was quick to support the Union cause. Both men would go on to attain the rank of general, but unlike Sigel, Osterhaus rose steadily in rank based on real battlefield accomplishments. He was appointed a division commander and corps commander before the war ended.