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German-speaking officers in the United States colored troops, 1863-1867

Author: Martin Öfele
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2004.
Series: New perspectives on the history of the South.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... Uses the interactions between immigrants and black soldiers to examine the intersection of ethnicity, race, and sectionalism during the emancipation process ... studies the approximately 400 immigrants from German-speaking countries who applied for commissions as officers in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) during and soon after the Civil War."--Page ix.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Öfele
ISBN: 081302692X 9780813026923
OCLC Number: 53191800
Description: xviii, 320 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: German-Americans in the Civil War and the issue of race --
I: Immigrants --
"To be a German": where they cam from --
"A gentleman of good education": who they were --
"The promises of a very highly rose-colored future": why they left --
"Laying out towns during the settlement of Kansas": where they went --
II: Officers --
"To serve my country": fighting for the union --
"Should I be ashamed to lead them on to sweet liberty": deciding for the USCT --
"I would like to see some brig. genl's of vols before that board": joining the officer corps --
"You will be their equals, and masters": leading their men --
"Let us fight yet": encountering the enemy --
III: Veterans --
"Willing to make military my profession": in the postwar army --
"One of the city's most famous and honorable German citizens": ethnic careers --
"The test of manhood and good citizenship": assimilation in post-war America --
War and the black troops in German-American memory.
Series Title: New perspectives on the history of the South.
Responsibility: Martin W. Öfele.
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