19 Facts About Al Sieber


Al Sieber was a German-American who fought in the USCivil War and in the American Old West against Indians.


Al Sieber became a prospector and later served as a Chief of Scouts during the Apache Wars.


Albert "Al" Sieber was born in Mingolsheim, Baden as the 13th of 14 children.


Al Sieber was baptized on March 1,1843, in St Lambertus Church, Mingolsheim.


Al Sieber enlisted on March 4,1862, in Company B, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.


Al Sieber remained employed there and participated in several engagements with Apache groups that had left the reservation.


Josephine Earp wrote that when she arrived in Arizona, she learned that "some renegade Yuma-Apaches had escaped from the reservation to which they had been consigned and had returned to their old haunts on the war-path" and that Al Sieber was tracking the escaped Apache.


Al Sieber said Sieber and his scouts led her stagecoach and its passengers to a nearby adobe ranch house where they remained until the Indians were captured.


In February, April, and May 1877, Al Sieber acted as a guide for Pima County Marshal Wiley Standefer, who was pursuing outlaws in the region.


Al Sieber was Crook's lead civilian scout and mentor to Tom Horn, whom he taught to speak German, as well as fighting together during the Battle of Cibecue Creek and Big Dry Wash.


Al Sieber stayed on at San Carlos as Chief of Scouts for another 13 years.


In 1887, Al Sieber was shot and wounded when the Apache Kid and his followers escaped the reservation to prevent being jailed again.


Unhappy with military law, Al Sieber decided to retry the Kid, this time for attempted murder in territorial court.


On October 29,1889, as the star witness, Al Sieber testified that the Apache Kid had shot him, even though he knew the Kid was not wearing a weapon at that moment.


Al Sieber's perjury resulted in a sentence of seven years in the Yuma Territorial Prison for the Apache Kid and 3 other scouts.


Al Sieber left San Carlos and took up prospecting until 1898.


On February 19,1907, Al Sieber was leading an Apache work crew that was building the Tonto road to the new Roosevelt Dam site on the confluence of the Salt River and Tonto Creek on the border of Gila County and Maricopa County in Gila County.


Al Sieber was killed when a boulder rolled on him during construction.


Al Sieber was buried with military honors at the cemetery in Globe, Arizona.