Sieber, Al

Sieber, (Albert) Al

(1844–1907) army scout; born in Baden, Germany. He came with his family to Pennsylvania (1849) and then went to Minnesota (1856). He served as a private in the Civil War and was badly wounded at Gettysburg. He went west (1866), worked as a ranch foreman in Arizona (1868–71), and became an army scout under Col. George Crook in 1871. Sieber commanded the Apache scouts who served with the U.S. Army against Geronimo. Stern and inflexible, he was known as the outstanding scout of the Southwest. Discharged in 1890, he did odd jobs, and was crushed to death in an accident while building a road near the Roosevelt Dam. Called "Man of Iron" by the Indians, he was wounded at least 29 times in his career.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.