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The underlying premise was that foreigners were not inspired by patriotic principle and, except for money, had no motive to fight and die for a nation not their own. But down with the aristocracy.” Following the failed Revolution of 1848, thousands of young Germans fled to America, many of them with military training in the Prussian army.
The accusation was that these were soldiers of fortune, no different from the notorious Hessian troops King George had sent to fight his rebellious American subjects in the previous American Revolution. Immigrants tended to be young and male, so they made up a significant share of the military-age population. They now took up arms in what they saw as yet another battle in the same revolutionary struggle against the forces of aristocracy and slavery.
Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana followed in January, 1861. Three days later on February 4th, 1861, delegates from these states drafted a constitution for the confederacy.
Jefferson Davis, was proclaimed president on February 18th.This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks.The service requires full cookie support in order to view the website.They volunteered, they fought, and they sacrificed far beyond what might be expected of strangers in a strange land. ” So it was civil war, but for many foreign-born soldiers and citizens, at home and abroad, this was much more than America’s war.The zeal with which immigrant soldiers embraced the Union cause stands in stark contrast to the dissatisfaction among the ranks of immigrant soldiers in the nation’s previous war, against Mexico, when these troops abandoned the field in droves, and some Irish units famously switched sides. It was an epic contest for the future of free labor against slavery, for equal opportunity against privilege and aristocracy, for freedom of thought and expression against oppressive government, and for democratic self-government against dynastic rule.If you are a member, we ask that you confirm your identity by entering in your email.You will then be sent a link via email to verify your account.While historians have done an excellent job of retrieving the distant voices of ordinary soldiers and citizens from the Civil War era, these voices almost always belong to native-born and English-speaking soldiers. A trove of recruitment posters in the New York Historical Society provides rare and wonderful hints at the answers to these questions. Foreigners joined the war to wage the same battles, in other words, that had been lost in the Old World.The voices of the foreign legions remain silent—thanks to the paucity of records in the archives, the language barriers posed to historians, and, perhaps, a lingering bias that keeps foreigners out of “our” civil war. Theirs was the cause not only of America, but of all nations.The war raged for four years, from 1861 to 1865, and was marked by some of the fiercest military campaigns in modern history.In this essay, you will learn the causes of the American Civil war, as well as the after effects of the war.