German Soldiers In The American Civil War

Twenty year-old German immigrant John Haag of Company B, 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment August 1862 

The Union Army was composed of many different ethnic groups, including large numbers of immigrants. About 25% of the whites who served in the Union Army were foreign-born.

About 200,000 soldiers were born in one of the German states (although this is somewhat speculative since anyone serving from a German family tended to be identified as German regardless of where actually born).

The estimate of 25 percent of the Union armed forces being foreign-born is very accurate. This means that about 1,600,000 soldiers and sailors were born in the United States, including about 200,000 African-Americans.  About 200,000 soldiers and sailors were born in Ireland. Although some soldiers came from as far away as Malta, Italy, India, and Russia, most of the remaining foreign-born soldiers came from England, Scotland and Canada.

Original publicationChippewa County Wisconsin Past and Present, Volume II. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913. p. 258. Info source: Sanitary Commission Report, 1869-Immediate source: Google Books And http://www.dank.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=589

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