from instructors speaking a language he did not understand.
Many of the Germans of Missouri
had seen service in the Old World.
They had served under Sigel
in the struggle of 1848.
They found themselves under Sigel
It was with the step and bearing of veterans that they marched (the writer was an eyewitness) in May of 1861, only a few days after Sumter
had been fired on, to open the military ball in the West
at Camp Jackson, near St. Louis
The same people went with Lyon
to the State
capital, from which the Rebel
officials were driven, never to return.
They were with Lyon
at Wilson's Creek
, and with him many of them laid down their lives on that bloody field.
They were wherever hard fighting was to be done in that part of the country.
The writer believes he is correct in saying they furnished more men to the Government
's service than any other numerically equal body of citizens.
So large was their representation in the Union
's forces in that region, that the Rebels
were accustomed to speak of the Union
soldiers as “the Dutch
The fact that the Germans were fighting for an adopted government makes their loyalty more conspicuous.
What they did was not from a love of war, but because they were Abolitionists.
They were opposed to slavery.
They owned no slaves.
They wanted the Government
sustained, because they believed that meant the end of slaveholding.
They supported Fremont
largely because of his freedom proclamation.