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Chancellorsville and the Germans : Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory (Hardcover)

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The battle of Chancellorsville is often remembered as Robert E. Lee's greatest triumph. It also became a watershed in German-American history, because Lee's victory came at the expense of the Union Eleventh Corps, composed of large numbers of German-speaking troops. Poorly deployed in its position on the extreme right of the Federal line, this corps was the first struck by "Stonewall" Jackson's famous flank attack of 2 May 1863, and quickly became the scapegoat for the northern defeat. Until now, the history of the Germans in the eastern theatre of operations has revolved around the rout of the Eleventh Corps and the supposed "flight" of its German regiments in the Virginia wilderness. But there is much more to the story than that.Utilizing previously unresearched German-language newspapers, soldiers' letters, memoirs, and regimental records, as well as long neglected English-language sources, Keller reconstructs the battle and its aftermath from the German-American perspective, both military and civilian. He offers us a fascinating window into an ethnic past frequently forgotten or misunderstood, one in which the German soldiers' valor has been either minimized or dismissed as cowardly. Beginning with a discussion of German-American involvement in the war in the East up to 1863, Chancellorsville and the Germans critically analyzes the performance of the German regiments during the battle and the Anglo-American and German-American reactions to its outcome. A key theme running throughout the book is the idea of nativism-prejudice against the foreign-born by "natives"-and how it affected northern German-Americans' perceptions of themselves as both patriots and Americans. Indeed, as Kellershows, the ghost of Chancellorsville n


Publisher Fordham University Press
Mfg Part# 9780823226504
SKU 203959713
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0823226506
Release Date 5/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0222
Publisher Fordham University Press
Series Part 31
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