NameEmanuel Zeigler 157
Birth22 Feb 1824, Gettysbug, Adams, PA
Death25 May 1893, Bendersville, Adams, PA
OccupationCaretaker - Gettysburg Theological Seminary
FatherGeorge Zeigler (1789-1848)
MotherElizabeth Critzman (1790-)
Birth1825, Gettysbug, Adams, PA
Death30 Jan 1907
FatherHugh M Craig (1786-1858)
MotherMary McCain (1796-1873)
Marriage19 Dec 1843, Gettysbug, Adams, PA
ChildrenHannah May (1844-1934)
 Wiliam Craig (1847-1927)
 Jacob (1848-)
 Lydia Catherine (1850-1915)
 Hugh McCain (1852-1934)
Notes for Emanuel Zeigler
Emanuel Ziegler was a caretaker at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg during the Civil War. He and his family lived in the building that is presently the headquarters of the Adams County Historical Society. He and his family were there when the Union Cavalry occupied the area on June 30, 1863, and left when the Confederates occupied the Seminary grounds on July 1, 1863. Two of his children, Lydia Catherine (Ziegler) Clare and Hugh McClain Ziegler, have written stories about their experiences during the Battle of Gettysburg. These stories are available on genealogy and are worth reading. Emanuel is described as a steward of the Seminary and his wife Sara a matron in these stories.158
Published Stories notes for Emanuel & Mary Elizabeth (Family)
**Note: this is not my story. It is reposted here with the generous permission of
See the footnote/link to source below. The individual stories are posted under those individuals.

On July 1, 1863 the world crashed into the little community of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a vengeance. We know what happened on that and succeeding days, from those who contributed a broader, perhaps more intellectual analysis of the events. Here, are two accounts, probably never heard from before, of world changing events through the eyes of a brother and sister, ten and thirteen years old at the time of the Battle.

They were both written years after the events they describe, however, the immediacy is still palpable in their aging voices.

The first account is that of Hugh M. Ziegler, ten years old on July 1, 1863. He describes those days of youth and innocence, blended with knowledge gained over his subsequent lifetime. Hugh grew up in Gettysburg, moved to Philadelphia and later joined a land-rush to gain a farm in Kansas. He married Alice L. Shelton and together they raised five children near Newkirk, Kansas. He put his account on paper in 1933, seventy years after the events described.
Lydia Catherine (Ziegler) Clare's account, even though written about thirty-seven years after the battle, is filled with the emotion and concern she felt for the wounded and dying soldiers. In some ways it is a more human account, not mixed with later analysis of the battle. Lydia married the Reverend Richard M. Clare in the Lutheran Theological Semiary Chapel in Gettysburg, the home in which she lived during the Battle. The couple later served in parishes across Pennsylvania and New Jersey and raised five children. Of her four boys, three became clergymen and the fourth a doctor.

Both accounts were delivered orally to a typist or stenographer. Interestingly, they were dictated thirty-three years apart, perhaps unknowing of the account of the other. These oral histories were located in the files of the Adams County Historical Society by Allen and Elaine Ziegler, the authors of Hans Georg Ziegler's Progress 1622-2007. Coincidentally, the Adams County Historical Society is, today, the very same building where Hugh and Lydia Ziegler were born, raised and where they experienced the opening scenes of one of the bloodiest battles in American history.159

See Lydia’s story HERE.

See Hugh’s story HERE.
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