Can you imagine being a recent immigrant to America right before or during the U.S. Civil War? And then all of a sudden being asked to fight and perhaps die in a war for which you have no understanding of the causes? I highly recommend reading this series entitled The Immigrants' Civil War published online by LongIslandWins.com. It's an ongoing blog discussing how the foreign-born population influenced the Civil War and vice versa. Definitely a must-read if you are interested in Civil War and/or immigrant history.
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