Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburgby David L. Valuska, Christian B. Keller
This is the first work to highlight the contributions of regiments of the Pennsylvania Dutch and the post-1820 immigrant Germans at the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day, the 1st Corps, in which many of the Pennsylvania Dutch groups served, and the half-German 11th Corps, which had five regiments of either variety in it, bought with their blood enough time for the Federals to adequately prepare the high ground, which proved critical in the end for the Union victory. On the second day, they participated in beating back Confederate attacks that threatened to crack the Union defenses on Cemetery Hill and in other strategic locations.
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David L. Valuska is Freyberger Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania German Studies at Kutztown University. Christian B. Keller is Associate Professor of Military History at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir. Scott Hartwig has been an interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1980. Martin Oefele is a former professor of American history at the University of Munich.
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Just when you think everything has been covered and discovered in regards to a historical event, along comes the "Damn Dutch". This is not just an interesting sidebar to the Gettysburg story, this is a fascinating account on it's own. The Pennsylvania Germans have played important roles in the American story, but this facet of their involvement has never been adequately covered...until now. If you are tired of the same old strategy and tactics accounts of the Gettysburg campaign, pick up this book and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
One quarter of the Union Army were German immigrants, and the ones who fought with the Army of the Potomac sufferred terrible casualties through inept leadership, but were accused of cowerdice by those same inept commanders and made scape goats. The authors set the record straight in "Damn Dutch." Germans in the Civil War seem to be a hot topic lately. Keller also has a history of Genrmans at Chancellorsville, about how the Germans sufferred discrimination after that battle and the effect on the German immigrant population. Suhrer's The Flying Dutchmen, about a German regiment from Ohio, covers much the same ground, but it is a novel, not a history book. (A blast to read!) See "I also recommend" below.