August 12, 2014 "Foreign Born Troops at Gettysburg"


Serving  alongside comrades keeps you in the war - not commitment to cause. During the Civil War, soldiers in the field were most loyal to men who looked like themselves or to those from similar ethnic backgrounds. The tour is an examination of diversity in the Battle of Gettysburg.  Most of the soldiers were born in the United States, but there were large percentages of foreign-born soldiers - particularly from Germany and Ireland. We will discuss foreign troops from many nations in the battle and in the war. The tour will include stops where these immigrant soldiers fought alongside Americans. We will discuss African American soldiers, Hispanic soldiers, and women. We will show where they fought and ther motivations for participating.