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Germans in the Civil War: The Letters They Wrote Home

Walter D. Kamphoefner and Wolfgang Helbich


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 book contains a collection of letters, written by German immigrants to friends and family back home. It 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 th ... More

Keywords: German Americans, immigrant groups, Civil War, soldiers, civilians, enlistment, disertion, ethnic antagonisms, Civil War experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830444
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876596_kamphoefner


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter D. Kamphoefner, editor

Wolfgang Helbich, editor