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Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory

Christian B. Keller


Often called Lee's greatest triumph, the battle of Chancellorsville decimated the Union Eleventh Corps, composed of large numbers of German-speaking volunteers. Poorly deployed, the unit was routed by “Stonewall” Jackson and became the scapegoat for the Northern defeat, blamed by many on the “flight” of German immigrant troops. The impact on America's large German community was devastating. But there is much more to the story than that. Drawing for the first time on German-language newspapers, soldiers' letters, memoirs, and regimental records, t ... More

Keywords: battle of Chancellorsville, Union Eleventh Corps, Stonewall Jackson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226504
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian B. Keller, author
Department of History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College