Germans in the Civil War: The Letters They Wrote Home (Civil - download pdf or read online

By Walter D. Kamphoefner,Wolfgang Helbich

ISBN-10: 0807830445

ISBN-13: 9780807830444

ISBN-10: 1469642522

ISBN-13: 9781469642529

German americans have been one of many biggest immigrant teams within the Civil battle period, they usually comprised approximately 10 percentage of all Union troops. but little awareness has been paid to their day-by-day lives--both at the battlefield and at the domestic front--during the warfare. This number of letters, written via German immigrants to family and friends again domestic, presents a brand new attitude to our figuring out of the Civil warfare event and demanding situations a few long-held assumptions in regards to the immigrant event at the moment.

Originally released in Germany in 2002, this assortment comprises greater than 300 letters written by way of seventy-eight German immigrants--men and ladies, squaddies and civilians, from the North and South. Their missives inform of battles and tedium, privation and profiteering, explanations for enlistment and desertion and for fending off involvement altogether. even if written by means of individuals with various backgrounds, those letters describe the clash from a tremendously German viewpoint, the editors argue, casting doubt at the declare that the Civil warfare was once the nice melting pot that eliminated ethnic antagonisms.

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