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|A Regiment of Immigrants -- The 82nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the U.S. Civil War|
THIS PAGE INTRODUCES THE HISTORY OF A FASCINATING GROUP OF GERMAN, JEWISH, AND SCANDINAVIAN IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE UNION ARMY DURING THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE CIVIL WAR. The history of this regiment is a thought-provoking example of the assimilation of immigrants into American society and the problems involved with the social development. It also demonstrates the manner in which the trials of combat made secondary considerations of ethnic difference and segregation.
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