Gen. R.E.Lee: "Take the Dutch (Deutsche) out of the Union Army and we'll whip the Yankees easily." Hundreds of German- American sources are available to researchers, but you need the quick access provided by: Albert Bernhardt Faust, THE GERMAN ELEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES (1909; 1927), probably in most better public and college libraries. Faust's Civila War chapter (vol. 1, p.522-572) has also excellent statistics broken down by a) ethnic groups, b) states. 176,817 German-born soldiers fought on the Union side; 5000 G-As were officers ,41 in ranks above colonel (quoted from Willi Paul Adams: German-Americans, An Ethnic Experience. The German belt from NY & PA extend. through the Midwest provided a number all-German regiments. Many 1848 revolutionaries fought for the Union.-Lots of Civil War letters have been translated; many are still waiting to be trans. Check with your with your local/state hist. society re such letters/diaries.
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