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9780811706742

Damn Dutch Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg

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  • ISBN13:

    9780811706742

  • ISBN10:

    0811706745

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-09
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
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Summary

This is the first work to highlight the contributions of regiments of the Pennsylvania Dutch and the post-1820 immigrant Germans at the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day, the 1st Corps, in which many of the Pennsylvania Dutch groups served, and the half-German 11th Corps, which had five regiments of either variety in it, bought with their blood enough time for the Federals to adequately prepare the high ground, which proved critical in the end for the Union victory. On the second day, they participated in beating back Confederate attacks that threatened to crack the Union defenses on Cemetery Hill and in other strategic locations.

Author Biography

David L. Valuska is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania German Studies and Military History at Kutztown University; he was formerly Executive Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. Christian B. Keller is Associate Professor of Military History at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir; he is the author of Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory and many scholarly articles focusing on the ethnic experience in the Civil War. Scott Hartwig has been Interpretive Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1980. Martin Oefele is former Professor of American History at the University of Munich in Germany.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Diverse German Immigrants and Ethnic Identity on the Eve of the Civil Warp. 1
German-Americans and the War up to Gettysburgp. 16
The Pennsylvania Dutch as First Defendersp. 44
The Pennsylvania Dutch and ôthe Hard Hand of Waröp. 56
The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburgp. 74
ôFight with What Is Leftöp. 113
Pennsylvania's German-Americans, a Popular Myth, and the Importance of Perceptionp. 138
The Pennsylvania Dutch Fight for ôOld Dutch Pennsylvaniaöp. 165
Epilogue: After Gettysburgp. 189
Pennsylvania Dutch Musicp. 199
Ballad of the Schimmelfennig Memorial Dining Hallp. 203
Notesp. 205
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