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German Americans form regiment for the Union

150 years ago today, on July 8, 1861, the 41st Volunteer Infantry Regiment, also called the DeKalb Regiment, left New York state to serve for three years in Federal service in the first year of the American Civil War.

Colonel Leopold Von Gilsa was a career soldier, who’d previously served in the Prussian Army. He recruited German immigrants living in New York City for the 41st. The regiment left, under command of the colonel, for Washington, D.C.

For more info:

http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/41stInf/41stInfMain.htm

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gacampbe/Company_K_History.htm

http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/USA/NY/NY041.php

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2 Comments

  1. Caroline Clemmons says:

    Susan, I had no idea this had happened. One of my lines is from Germany/Switzerland, and I am so glad you shared your links.

  2. Isn’t it amazing how many immigrants fought on both sides of the Civil War! You hear about the big battles, but there’s so much information of the daily things that happened during the four years of the war. A lot I didn’t know either.

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