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Germans in the Civil War

The Letters They Wrote Home
(Book - 2006)
Germans in the Civil War
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German Americans were one of the largest immigrant groups in the Civil War era, and they comprised nearly 10 percent of all Union troops. Yet little attention has been paid to their daily lives--both on the battlefield and on the home front--during the war. This collection of letters, written by German immigrants to friends and family back home, provides a new angle to our understanding of the Civil War experience and challenges some long-held assumptions about the immigrant experience at this time. Originally published in Germany in 2002, this collection contains more than three hundred letters written by seventy-eight German immigrants--men and women, soldiers and civilians, from the North and South. Their missives tell of battles and boredom, privation and profiteering, motives for enlistment and desertion and for avoiding involvement altogether. Although written by people with a variety of backgrounds, these letters describe the conflict from a distinctly German standpoint, the editors argue, casting doubt on the claim that the Civil War was the great melting pot that eradicated ethnic antagonisms.
Title: Germans in the Civil War
the letters they wrote home
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2006
Characteristics: xxxiv, 521 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Notes: "Originally published in German with the title Deutsche im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg : Briefe von Front und Farm, 1861-1865, 2002, Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn"--T.p. verso
Additional Contributors: Helbich, Wolfgang Johannes 1935-
Kamphoefner, Walter D.
ISBN: 9780807830444
0807830445
Branch Call Number: 973.7 Ge
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Walter D. Kamphoefner and Wolfgang Helbich ; translated by Susan Carter Vogel
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [489]-503) and index
Subject Headings: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives, Confederate United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Participation, Immigrant United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Participation, German American Soldiers Confederate States of America Correspondence Soldiers Correspondence Immigrants Correspondence German Americans Correspondence
Topical Term: Soldiers
Soldiers
Immigrants
German Americans
LCCN: 2006014016
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