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August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry (Civil War in the North) Hardcover – August 24, 2006

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Joseph R. Reinhart is an independent scholar who has specialized in Civil War research. His recent publications include Two Germans in the Civil War: The Diary of John Daeuble and the Letters of Gottfried Rentschler, Sixth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.: The Boys Who Feared No Noise.
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  • Series: Civil War in the North
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition edition (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388627
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Reinhart is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, a graduate of Bellarmine College and holds a master's degree from Indiana University. A retired Certified Public Accountant, Joe has been actively researching and writing about the Civil War for the last 20 years. He is the author of A HISTORY OF THE 6TH KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY U.S.: THE BOYS WHO FEARED NO NOISE.

He also is the translator and editor of (1) TWO GERMANS IN THE CIVIL WAR: THE DIARY OF JOHN DAEUBLE AND THE LETTERS OF GOTTFRIED RENTSCHLER, 6TH KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY; (2) AUGUST WILLICH'S GALLANT DUTCHMEN: CIVIL WAR LETTERS FROM THE 32ND INDIANA INFANTRY; and (3) A GERMAN HURRAH!: CIVIL WAR LETTERS OF FRIEDRICH BERTSCH AND WILHELM STAENGEL, 9TH OHIO INFANTRY; (4) YANKEE DUTCHMEN UNDER FIRE: CIVIL WAR LETTERS FROM THE 82ND ILLINOIS INFANTRY.

Joe is a member of the Louisville (Ky.) and Sarasota (Fl.) Civil War Round Tables, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Society for German-American Studies.

An avid reader of military history since his mid-teens, Joe's interest in the Civil War was rekindled in 1993 when he discovered his great-great grandfather had served in the 28th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S. This discovery led him to research and write about the American Civil War.

Joe was awarded the "1st Annual Immigrants in the Civil War Award" for his five books about Germans in the Civil War. The award was presented by Long Island Wins Blog in 2014..

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Well done publishing of letters from a German Regiment from Indiana in the American Civil War. The author sets the historical background and the basic facts (like correct spellings of names) and then prints out the letters. These German Hoosiers fought hard in many battles and this book is a great addition to any ACW researcher\reenactor.
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Until I read this book, I really had no idea of how the "immigrant" experience must have been for a Civil War soldier. The 32nd Indiana consisted of an all-German regiment -- the majority of the soldiers were in this country no more than ten years before the war broke out. Obviously, like any immigrants they faced language and cultural barriers. Amazingly, the men who formed this unit were volunteers and totally devoted to the Union cause. Most of their letters were written to German-language newspapers of the time. These letters have been well translated. What really strikes me most is their candor. Camp life, marching, their accounts of battles and campaigns, and even the sometimes unguarded opinions about their officers make this a good book. Not only is it translated in English for those who don't read German, but the book is well-edited with footnotes and commentary between the letters. This way the reader gets the whole picture.
I had a family member who served in Co. H of the 32nd Indiana. He is not mentioned at all and most of the enlisted men are not. But for a thorough understanding of the background of this regiment and their experiences in the war, I find this an invaluable book as I proceed with my genealogical research. Also, as a "Civil War buff" I can tell you it is a great read.
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A nicely translated collection of letters written by German-American soldiers of the 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry. This work helps understand the every day life of German-American soldiers in the Civil war. For example, one letter reports the menu: "In the morning, coffee, bread, smoked meat. Noon, fresh beef, bread soup, rice soup, cabbage soup. Evening, coffee, bread soup, cold beef, smoked meat and potato salad."
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