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August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry (Civil War in the North) Hardcover – September 1, 2006

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About the Author

Joseph R. Reinhart is an independent scholar who has researched and written about Germans in the American Civil War for almost twenty years. He is the author of a regimental history and the editor and translator of four books containing collections of letters of German-born soldiers who fought for the Union.
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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War in the North
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388627
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 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: #2,279,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Y. Clawson on September 26, 2013
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This is a very interesting book and it has been very helpful for the article I am writing on the 32nd Indiana (First German) for a genealogy newsletter. Helped me understand why the Germans had a regiment of their own.
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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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