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Chancellorsville and the GermansNativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory$
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Christian B. Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226504

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226504.001.0001

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: The Battle of Chancellorsville and the German Regiments of the Eleventh Crops

: The Battle of Chancellorsville and the German Regiments of the Eleventh Crops

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Chancellorsville and the Germans

Christian B. Keller

Fordham University Press

Not all the events preceding the battle of Chancellorsville boded so negatively for the German American regiments. In early February, the regimental commanders of the Eleventh Corps submitted status reports to their brigade commanders. The news was very good. Both the twenty-seventh and seventy-fifth Pennsylvania, for instance, were in excellent condition, numbering 449 and 355 effectives, respectively. Colonel Franz Mahler of the seventy-fifth mentioned the “flattering remarks made on several occasions by our esteemed Brigade Commander, Col. Wladimir Krzyzanowski”, about the precision in drill of the regiment. Later, on the tenth of April near Brooks Station, Abraham Lincoln and other notables from Washington reviewed the Eleventh Corps as it paraded by at the salute. Lieutenant Colonel Alwin von Matzdorff called his regiment's performance “brilliant”, and remarked “that all were astonished at the grand appearance of the Dutch!”. Private Adam Muenzenberger of the twenty-sixth Wisconsin boasted to his wife that his regiment was the largest in the Eleventh Corps, and “also the cleanest and the neatest”.

Keywords:   battle of Chancellorsville, German American regiments, Eleventh Corps, Franz Mahler, Wladimir Krzyzanowski, Abraham Lincoln, Alwin von Matzdorff, Adam Muenzenberger

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