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Soldiering in the Army of Northern VirginiaA Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee$
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Joseph T. Glatthaar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834923

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877869_glatthaar

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Northern- and Foreign-Born Soldiers

Northern- and Foreign-Born Soldiers

(p.57) Chapter Five Northern- and Foreign-Born Soldiers
Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia

Joseph T. Glatthaar

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses twenty-six-year-old Peter Vanname, who was a sailor by trade when Virginia seceded. Born in New York, Vanname drifted southward with his family and settled in York County, Virginia. Although neither he nor his immediate kin owned slaves, the move to Virginia was financially lucrative. Vanname boasted $2,000 in wealth and his family claimed an additional $7,000. His loyalty resting with his adopted state, he enlisted in the 2nd Company of the Richmond Howitzers in 1861. Vanname fought the entire war as a private and was paroled in 1865. He lived his remaining years in Virginia, where he died in 1901. The tall, dark-complexioned Peter E. Gillman also served for his adopted state as well as for his adopted country.

Keywords:   Peter Vanname, Virginia, slaves, Richmond Howitzers, Peter E. Gillman

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