Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hugh Hicks Siverd, Winfield Kansas.

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Hugh Hicks Siverd

Birth: Dec. 27, 1839, Cochranville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Oct. 24, 1893, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.

The Remains of Captain H. Siverd Laid to Rest in the Union Cemetery.

Thousands of Friends and Citizens Follow the Murdered Officer to His Grave.

Hugh H. Siverd Type of Officer: Constable. Jurisdiction: Winfield. County: Cowley.
Death Date: 10/25/1893.

Circumstances of Death.

Constable Siverd arrested bootlegger Wilbur Norton on a warrant, and was taking him to jail when they were confronted by Morgan Wright, a friend of Norton's. Wright ordered Siverd to release Norton. Norton jumped to one side and Wright shot and killed the constable. A gold star in the sidewalk marks the spot of Siverd's death.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.

The following was taken from the First Ohio Cavalry, Regimental History.


Hugh Hicks Siverd was born December 28, 1839, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a spinner in a woolen mill when the war broke out. He died at Winfield, Kansas, October 25, 1895. He was shot and killed while in the performance of official duty.

Captain Siverd had arrested a desperado from the Indian Territory for some crime, and as he was taking his prisoner to jail one of the desperado s pals met them on the street and shot Captain Siverd, killing him instantly. He was held in high esteem by the citizens of Winfield, and his untimely death was mourned by hundreds of the best citizens. As a testimonial to his memory, the citizens of Winfield erected a beautiful monument over his grave.
Captain Siverd enlisted in Company B, First O. V. C., August 21, 1861, and was promoted to Sergeant-Major; promoted to Second Lieutenant, October 1, 1862; First Lieutenant, April 1, 1863; to Captain. December 14, 1864, and was mustered out with his regiment at Hilton Head, S. C., September 13, 1865, having served almost one month more than four years. Captain Siverd was an ideal cavalry soldier, full of dash, with an utter disregard of danger, and at all times full of enthusiasm.He was for a long time Provost Officer of the brigade, and many of the surviving members of the brigade will no doubt have a very distinct recollection that at some time during their service they w r ere put under arrest by Captain Siverd for straggling. He was one of the best known young officers in the regiment, as he was always at the front, and where there was a fight or any prospect of a fight, Captain Siverd was always found in line.

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