Medal of Honor recipient
Autograph with rank
(1825-1912) Hungarian born, he was forced to leave the country in 1849 when the rebellion for independence was suppressed. He came to America in 1859, and for the two years leading into the Civil War he was employed by a German language weekly in New York City. In 1861, he and Louis Blenker recruited the 8th New York Infantry, with Stahel becoming their lieutenant colonel. At the 1st battle of Bull Run, they aided in covering the Union retreat, and on Aug. 11, 1861, Stahel was promoted to colonel of the regiment, and on Nov. 12th, was appointed brigadier general. He fought against General Stonewall Jackson in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and at 2nd Bull Run he commanded a division. On Mar. 17, 1863, he was promoted to major general and given command of the cavalry in the Washington defenses. During the spring of 1864, he led a division of cavalry under General David Hunter in the Shenandoah Valley, and in West Virginia. He greatly distinguished himself at the battle of Piedmont, on June 5, 1864, and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Card Signature With Rank: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, Jul. Stahel, Maj. Genl. Excellent.