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The Galvanized Yankees Paperback – June 1, 1986
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To bring order to the Union controlled portion of the Great Plains the US Army began experimenting with recruiting Confederate prisoners of war for service in the West. Surprisingly, 6,000 Confederates were enlisted from POW camps in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maryland. These six infantry regiments were dispatched to garrison 10 states: New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. They fortified way stations and escorted stagecoaches and wagon trains while refurbishing or building new fortifications from St. Paul to Santa Fe and from Omaha to Denver.
The results of this military experiment were decidedly mixed. Some regiments performed exceptionally well while others were lackluster at best. But their impact on the West's transportation and communications systems were significant and the stories of those who served were really quite amazing. Along the way author Dee Brown provides an in-depth understanding of military administration, the intricacy with which the Union command managed and responded to emergencies, troop dispositions and transfers and the necessary logistical support required during the day of horses and oxen drawn vehicles.
But Brown really shines when he focuses on the individuals who were engaged in this effort.Read more ›
General Butler of Massachusetts persuaded President Lincoln to recruit prisoners at Point Lookout, Maryland, in Jan 1864. Lincoln directed the War Department to recruit Confederates despite General Grant's opposition. By March, Butler had about 1,000 recruits, which became the 1st U. S. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Six Companies of this Regiment boarded a riverboat on the Missouri River at St. Louis on August 27 and disembarked on Upper Missouri river, 272 miles south of Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, on Sept 27, as the boat could not continue. The men marched through rough country, with poor water and poor supplies (no tents), arrived at Fort Rice 17 October. On the march, a number of men died of dysentery.
Fort Rice was only four months old when the 1st USVI arrived. The men spent months completing construction of the Fort. Fort Rice was a center of Indian fights, largely revenge campaigns for the massacre of Cheyenne at Sand Creek in Nov 1864 by Col. Chivington.Read more ›
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Did not realize that some confederate and union prisoner-of-war soldiers served their captors. More confederates took advantage of this opportunity for release. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve Pollock
A very good book with many interesting facts. The author explained the subject very well. I would recommend this book for everyone who are interested in this time period.Published 6 months ago by CJ
Well written and researched. Very informative. A good read.Published 9 months ago by Kevin R. Doyle
It is the only book on the subject, but why write more? Covers the whole journey from Union POW camp to the Wild West, with Indians, droughts, blizzards, scurvy and all the restPublished 22 months ago by Thomas P. Lowry
Very interesting book about a part of history that isn't mentioned much in any other books. Dee Brown has a wonderful style of writing.Published 23 months ago by Mike M
If you are a history buff, this will be an enjoyable read as well as an excellent addition to your library. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Dyrle Maples
This was a good book that requires those of us who have Confederate ancestors to think about the particular situation of those Confederates who "galvanized". Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Ernest G Wade