The Civil War

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The Civil War

For minorities, as for other Americans, the Civil War was an opportunity
to prove their valor and loyalty. Among the first mustered into the Union
Army were a De Kalb regiment of German American clerks, the
Garibakdi Guards made up of Italian Americans, a "Polish Legion," and
hundreds of Irish American youths form Boston and New York. But in
Ohio and Washington, D.C., African American volunteers were turned
away from recruiting stations and told, "This is a white man\'s war." Some
citizens questioned the loyalty of immigrants who lived in crowded city
tenements until an Italian American from Brooklyn turned that around. In
the New York Senate, Democrat Francis Spinola had been a vigorous
foe of Republican policies and Lincoln. But now he swore his loyalty with
stirring words, "This is my flag, which I will follow and defend." This
speech gave great assurance that the masses in the great cities were
devoted to the Union and ready to enlist for its defense. More than
400,000 European immigrants fought for the Union, including more than
170,00 Germans and more than 150,00 Irish. Many saw their services as
a proud sacrifice. The first officer to die for the Union was Captain
Constatin Blandowski, one of many immigrants who earlier had fought for
freedom in Europe and then joined Lincoln\'s army. Born in Upper Silesia
and trained at Dresden, Germany, he was a veteran of democratic
struggles - a Polish revolt at Krakow, the Polish Legion\'s battles against
Austria, and the Hungarian fight for independence. Some nationalities
contributed more than their share of Union soldiers. Some immigrants
earned the Congressional Medal o

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