Walter D. Kamphoefner,Wolfgang Helbich's Germans in the Civil War: The Letters They Wrote Home (Civil PDF

By Walter D. Kamphoefner,Wolfgang Helbich

German americans have been one of many greatest immigrant teams within the Civil conflict period, they usually comprised approximately 10 percentage of all Union troops. but little realization has been paid to their day-by-day lives--both at the battlefield and at the domestic front--during the struggle. This number of letters, written by way of German immigrants to family and friends again domestic, offers a brand new perspective to our figuring out of the Civil battle event and demanding situations a few long-held assumptions concerning the immigrant adventure at the present.

Originally released in Germany in 2002, this assortment comprises greater than 300 letters written by means 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, reasons for enlistment and desertion and for averting involvement altogether. even if written by means of individuals with a number of backgrounds, those letters describe the clash from a enormously German point of view, the editors argue, casting doubt at the declare that the Civil struggle was once the nice melting pot that eliminated ethnic antagonisms.

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