Hans Boebel was born on March 10, 1829, in Bavaria. He participated in the revolutions in Bavaria in the late 1840’s and was eventually forced to leave the country. In 1852 he came to the United States, becoming a printer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He became a second lieutenant in the 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, then on August 14, 1862 became a second lieutenant in Company H of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry. By January 18, 1863, he had risen to lieutenant colonel. He commanded the regiment at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 until he was wounded, losing his right leg. On May 28, 1864 he was discharged due to disabilty.

After the war he served as clerk in Milwaukee city goverment and was elected Milwaukee City Treasurer for two terms. He also served as Federal Deputy Revenue Collector and was active in the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic and as an actor in the Milwaukee Turnverein.

Boebel died on August 24, 1902 in Milwaukee.