Vol. VIII, Episode 16

German Words in the Civil War

At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 over 1.3 million Germans were calling the United States home. During the war, those born in Germany and first generation German-Americans enlisted in the Union army by the hundreds of thousands. Many camps and marches would have had German words hanging in the air. In this episode, Andrew Houghtaling reviews more common words that German soldiers would have been using and other soldiers would have heard.

Special Thank You!

CWDD would like to give a special thanks to the 9th Ohio: A Living History and Andrew Houghtaling for their collaboration, and to the 125th OVI Fife & Drum Corps for the use of their music.

9th Ohio: A Living History

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