Major-Surgeon Joseph Spiegelhalter, 12th MO Infy USV
(1834 Germany-1909 MO)
Original Member of the Missouri Commandery of MOLLUS


MO Commandery of MOLLUS, Circular No.353, 07Sep1909
Original Photo from the MO Commandery of MOLLUS Photograph collection
Located at the Missouri State Historical Society Library and Archives, St. Louis, MO

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Joseph Spiegelhalter was born August 6, 1834 in Aberndorf, Wurtemburg, Germany the son of Joseph and Johanna (Zipfehli) Spiegelhalter. He received his preliminary education in the schools of Aberndorf and came to the United States in August, 1854. He then taught in public schools in Berks County, PA., 1854-55; employed as prescription clerk in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans, 1855-58, then returned to St. Louis and was engaged as apothecary and at the same time in study of medicine at the Humboldt Medical Institute, from which he graduated in 1862.

He entered the service and in May, 1861, was mustered as 2nd Lt. 5th MO Infy (3 months). He participated in the battles of Carthage and Wilson's Creek. April 11, 1862 he re-entered the service as Assistant Surgeon, 12th MO Infy, and participated with is regiment in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, campaign and seige of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Ringold, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, July 22nd and 28th. Was a member of the operating corps, field hospital, 1st Division 15th Army Corps during the Atlanta campaign, was given permission to rejoin his regiment in action. He was promoted to Surgeon November 16, 1863 and mustered out at expiration of service October 17, 1864.

After leaving army engaged in practice in St. Louis; appointed Health Officer of St. Louis, 1865, fought epidemic of cholera, 1866; coroner St. Louis County, 1866-70; medical member Board of Health, 1876-87; since then in private practice exclusively. He also studied medicine in universities and clinics of Tubingen, Wurzburg, and Vienna.

He was married twice: first in 1867 in St. Louis to Bertha Schmieding (d.May1877), and second in November, 1878 in St. Louis to Agusta Kayseron with known children: Joseph, Charles, Bertha, Ella, Alice, and Paula. Joseph died June 7, 1909 in St. Louis, MO and a vast concourse of people gathered to testify their respect for his memory.

Major-Surgeon Joseph Spiegelhalter, 12th MO Infy USV was elected a Companion the MO Commandery in September 3, 1887, Insignia #5656. He was also a member of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, and the Frank P. Blair Post #1 GAR, St. Louis MO, and numerous scientific and social socities. He was a patriotic, generous, and public spirited citizen, respected by the multitude and beloved by his companion-in-arms and those honored by intimacy. He was one of the most constant attendants at the meetings of the Army of the Tennessee and in the Loyal Legion, and was ever ready to assist those who served the nation in the hour of peril.

He was also a member of the St. Louis Academy of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Association, St. Louis Medical Society, Verein Deutchsclier Aerzte, St. Louis Microscopical Society. Director Mercantile Trust Co.; vice-president Missouri Crematory Association; president St. Louis Swimming School; St. Louis Turn Verein, St. Louis Liederkranz.

Sources:
1) MO Commandery of MOLLUS, Circular No.353, 07Sep1909
2) Membership Records of the MO Commandery of MOLLUS
3) The Book of St. Louisans, c1906/12

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