Hermann ZIEGNER (1864 - 1898)

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Birthplace: Weimar, Saxony, Germany
Death: Died in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Cause of death: pernicious malaria contracted in Cuba
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Hermann Ziegner was born in Weimar, Germany[6] in 1864. He emigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. Ziegner served with the 7th U.S. Cavalry for several years as a private in Troop E. At the Wounded Knee Massacre, he was cited for "conspicuous bravery" against attacking Sioux, concealed in a ravine, at Wounded Knee Creek on December 29 and again while defending a hill near the Catholic mission at White Clay Creek on December 30, 1890. Ziegner was promoted to the rank of corporal and was one of 18 men to receive the Medal of Honor] He officially received the award from Congress on June 23, 1891

At the start of the Spanish-American War, Ziegner was one of the first men to join the 71st New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He served as a first sergeant of Company E during the Santiago campaign and "suffered all the privation and hardship endured by the members of the Seventy-first" during that time.[7] Ziegner was one of the officers to led Company E up San Juan Hill.

Ziegner had been generally described as "a fine specimen of manhood, over six feet in height and possessing a splendid physique", but his appearance as well as his health had declined after his return. In his final weeks, he expressed to his wife his belief of the government's poor treatment of the 71st and other returning veterans. He was also of the belief that his illness, as those of the regiment, were exacerbated by government-issued hardtack and bacon army rations and, had they been provided with better food, they would not have been in such a weakened condition by the time the regiment had returned to New York

On July 29, 1993, during a congressional hearing on the Wounded Knee National Memorial, Ziegner's status as an MOH recipient was questioned by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who suggested that the soldiers who received the award at Wounded Knee should have their medals rescinded

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Pvt. Hermann Ziegner, Medal of Honor's Timeline

Weimar, Saxony, Germany
Age 30
Age 34
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Calvary Cemetery Woodside Queens County New York