Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory by Christian B. KellerChancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory by Christian B. Keller

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

byChristian B. Keller

Paperback | April 15, 2010

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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, Christian Keller reconstructs the battle and its aftermath from the German-American perspective, military and civilian. He offers a fascinating window into a misunderstood past, one where the German soldiers' valor has been either minimized or dismissed as cowardly. He critically analyzes the performance of the German regiments and documents the impact of nativism on Anglo-American and German-American reactions-and on German self-perceptions as patriots and Americans. For German-Americans, the ghost of Chancellorsville lingered long, and Keller traces its effects not only on ethnic identity, but also on the dynamics of inclusion and
assimilation in American life.

Christian B. Keller is Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He is co-author of Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans.
Title:Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pagesPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823226514

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Table of Contents

List of MapsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. German Americans, Know Nothings, and the Outbreak of the War2. Before Chancellorsville: Sigel, Blenker, and the Reinforcement of German Ethnicity in the Union Army, 1861-18623. The Battle of Chancellorsville and the German Regiments of the Eleventh Corps4. "Retreating and Cowardly Poltroons": The Anglo American Reaction5. "All We Ask Is Justice": The Germans Respond6. Nativism and German Ethnicity after Chancellorsville7. Chancellorsville and the Civil War in German American MemoryNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Keller's finely-crafted study offers a wealth of insights into the Civil War . . .