“All We Ask Is Justice”: The Germans Respond

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

“All We Ask Is             Justice”: The Germans Respond

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As May gave way to June 1863, German American soldiers and civilians began to stop explaining and started questioning, even attacking, Anglo American motives behind the criticism of the Eleventh Corps. Many prominent newspaper editors and not a few political leaders believed that nativism was the true reason the Germans had been so badly singled out for blame. The time had come to publicly respond to the outrageous allegations, and several mass meetings were held that clearly expressed a spirit of German American unity and anti-Americanization. Pennsylvanian Charles Goepp then rose to accentuate the “national blunder” that was made in accusing the Germans. Following Goepp, Friedrich Kapp took the stand to thunderous applause. “All we ask is justice”, he proclaimed. “We desire to be no more, but we will be no less, than Americans; we mean to be weighed in the scale of our actions and our merits”. He mentioned the slanders of the American press again, agreeing with his fellow speakers that Germans would no longer stand such insults.

Keywords: German American soldiers; Anglo American; criticism; Eleventh Corps; nativism; Charles Goepp; Friedrich Kapp; justice

Chapter.  15549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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