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By Walter D. Kamphoefner,Wolfgang Helbich

German american citizens have been one of many greatest immigrant teams within the Civil conflict period, and so they comprised approximately 10 percentage of all Union troops. but little cognizance has been paid to their day-by-day lives--both at the battlefield and at the domestic front--during the battle. This choice of letters, written by means 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 event at present.

Originally released in Germany in 2002, this assortment includes 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, causes for enlistment and desertion and for fending off involvement altogether. even though written by means of individuals with a number of backgrounds, those letters describe the clash from a notably German point of view, the editors argue, casting doubt at the declare that the Civil conflict was once the good melting pot that eliminated ethnic antagonisms.

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