: Retreating and Cowardly Poltroons: The Anglo American Reaction

Christian B. Keller

in Chancellorsville and the Germans

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226504
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234899 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War

: Retreating and Cowardly Poltroons: The             Anglo American Reaction

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Just as the German soldiers in the Eleventh Corps began to recover from the shock of their losses and attempted to reorganize their shattered regiments in the days after the battle, they were attacked again, this time by their own comrades in the Army of the Potomac. Non-Germans in the Eleventh Corps itself railed against the “damn Dutch”, but because of their own experiences in the battle and proximity to the Germans many of their vituperations were either qualified or muted. The most vocal denunciations emanated from soldiers of other corps, especially the Third and Twelfth, which had to be hastily thrown in to stem the faltering Confederate advance late on the night of the second of May. A few Anglo American soldiers who knew them well defended the Germans, but the much more widespread name-calling and scapegoating continued right up to the beginning of the Gettysburg campaign. Indeed, the reputation of German American soldiers in the eyes of their comrades in the eastern theater would never recover.

Keywords: German soldiers; Eleventh Corps; regiments; Army of the Potomac; Anglo American soldiers; Gettysburg campaign

Chapter.  7653 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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