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.
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