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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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“All We Ask Is Justice”: The Germans Respond

“All We Ask Is Justice”: The Germans Respond

(p.92) 5 “All We Ask Is Justice”: The Germans Respond
Chancellorsville and the Germans

Christian B. Keller

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As May gave way to June 1863, German American soldiers and civilians began to stop explaining and started questioning, even attacking, Anglo American motives behind the criticism of the Eleventh Corps. Many prominent newspaper editors and not a few political leaders believed that nativism was the true reason the Germans had been so badly singled out for blame. The time had come to publicly respond to the outrageous allegations, and several mass meetings were held that clearly expressed a spirit of German American unity and anti-Americanization. Pennsylvanian Charles Goepp then rose to accentuate the “national blunder” that was made in accusing the Germans. Following Goepp, Friedrich Kapp took the stand to thunderous applause. “All we ask is justice”, he proclaimed. “We desire to be no more, but we will be no less, than Americans; we mean to be weighed in the scale of our actions and our merits”. He mentioned the slanders of the American press again, agreeing with his fellow speakers that Germans would no longer stand such insults.

Keywords:   German American soldiers, Anglo American, criticism, Eleventh Corps, nativism, Charles Goepp, Friedrich Kapp, justice

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