GEN. JULIUS H. STAHEL DEAD IN 88TH YEAR Gallant Old Fighter for Many Years a Familiar Figure in Hoffman House Lobby. NOTABLE CIVIL WAR RECORD Ranked Next to Gen. Sickles as Senior Corps Commander--Splendid Work in Japan. Major Gen. Julius H. Stahel, who for so many years was a familiar figure about the Hoffman House, where he made his home, died at 2 o'clock yesterday morning at the Hotel St. James in West Forty-fifth Street, where he had lived for the last three or four months. The cause of death was angina pectoris. With Gen. Stahel, when he died, were his phy- sician, Dr. Montgomery Sicard, and a male trained nurse. Gen. Stahel was in full possession of his faculties to the last, though the end had been expected for about a week. He celebrated his eighty-seventh birthday on Nov. 5. The funeral services will be held in Washington to-morrow, interment being in the National Cemetery at Arlington. The homorary pallbearers will be Gen. Nelson A. Miles, George T. Wilson, Simon Wolf, Read Admiral Adolph Marix, Isa- dore Saks, and E.H. Droop, President of the Washington Board of Trade. For a year Gen. Stahel had been in fail- ing health, but it was not until within the last two or three days that his condition was regarded as serious. Everyone who has known the Hoff- man House for the last twenty-five year or more has been familiar with the ap- pearance of the soldierly looking man, with snow-white hair and mustache and clear gray eyes, who was so much to be seen in the lobby that he seemed almost to be a part of the place. Even those who did not know his name called him "the General," though they did not real- ize that the title was his by right of com- mission and of distinguished military serv- ice. In fact, he ranked next to Gen. Daniel Sickles as senior corps commander of the civil war. But long before he came to the United States Gen. Stahel distinguished himself as a soldier in his native country, Hun- gary. He fought under Louis Kossuth in the war for Hungarian independence in 1848, in which he was wounded and decorated for gallantry. A Newspaper Man in 1858. Coming to New York in 1856, Stahel took up newspaper work, and became one of the editors of the old New York Illustrated News. He was still working on that paper when in April, 1861, Presi- dent Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers. With the late Gen. Louis Blenker, Stahel organized the Eighth New York Volun- teers, and was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. He saw service at the first battle of Bull Run as Colonel of the Eighth New York, Blenker having been made commander of a brigade. Stahel's regiment covered the retreat of the Union Army, repelling two attacks of Confed- erate cavalry, and for this service Col. Stahel was personally commended by both President Lincoln and Gen. Scott. He was then ordered to organize a regiment of heavy artillery, and, this accomplished, he was made a member of the military board to examine the capability, effi- ciency, and general qualifications of vol- unteer officers. In October, 1861, he was commissioned Brigadier General of Volun- teers. As such he was with the Army of the Potomac in the peninsula of Virginia, serving with Rosecrans in the valley cam- paign. In June, 1862, he and his men, according to Gen. Fremont's report, bore the brunt of the battle od Cross Keys, in which 19 officers and 379 men of his campaign were killed or wounded. In the second battle of Bull Run he com- manded the First Brigade of Gen. Schenk's division, and was commended for gallantry in action. In September of that year he captured Warrenton, Va., and in November, while making a sortie to determine the movements of Stonewall Jackson's army, he engaged the Confed- erates at Ashley's Gap and drove them across the Shenandoah River to Berry- ville, where he routed them in an engage- ment and pursued them until they effect- ed a junction with the main body of Jack- son's army. Succeeded Gen. Sigel. In March, 1863, Gen. Stahel succeeded Gen. Sigel as commander of the Eleventh Army Corps. Having been commissioned Major General, he was put in command in front of Washington. After various other services, he was assigned to the command of the First Cavalry Division, near Cumberland, Md., in April, 1864, and took part in the battle of New Market son afterward. On June 5, near Staun- ton, he encountered Gen. Jones's cavalry, and drove it as far as Piedmont. There the main body of the enemy was encoun- tered, but Stahel held his position until the arrival of Gen. Hunter with the main body of the Federal Army. In this en- gagement Stahel was severely wounded while charging the enemy's position with some of the dismounted cavalry. For this gallantry Congress awarded him a medal. Gen. Stahel resigned from the service in February, 1865. In June of the following year Gen. Stahel was made Consul at Yokohama, and after obtaing the opening of the Ports of Osaka and Hiogo, returned home in 1869. In 1877 he went back as Consul to Osaka and Hiogo, retaining that posi- tion until 1884, when he was appointed Consul General at Shanghai. He resigned in October, 1885, on account of ill-health, and came back to New York. Some time later he entered the service of the Equitable Assurance Society in an ex- ecutive capacity under Henry B. Hyde, continuing under the Presidency of James W. Alexander. Gen. Stahel was a member of the Loyal Legion, the Medal of Honor Legion, the Army and Navy Club of New York, the Pilgrims, and the Lincoln Fellowship.
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