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By Mary Bobbitt Townsend

ISBN-10: 082621875X

ISBN-13: 9780826218759

A German-born Union officer within the American Civil warfare, Maj. Gen. Peter Osterhaus served from the 1st conflict within the western theater till the ultimate hand over of the warfare. Osterhaus made a reputation for himself in the military as an lively and inventive commander who led his males from front. He used to be one of many final surviving Union significant common and armed forces governor of Mississippi within the early days of Reconstruction.

This first full-length research of the officer files how, regardless of his meteoric army occupation, his accomplishments have been underreported even in his personal day and sometimes misrepresented within the historic list. Mary Bobbitt Townsend corrects earlier mistakes approximately his lifestyles and provides new insights into his contributions to significant turning issues within the battle at Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Atlanta, in addition to different battles.

            Townsend attracts on conflict reviews no longer present in the Official Records, on own papers, and on different nonpublished fabric to ascertain Osterhaus’s half within the significant battles within the West in addition to in minor engagements. She tells how he got here into his personal within the Vicksburg crusade and proved himself via ability with artillery, services in intelligence collecting, and taking the lead in adverse territory—blazing the path down the west part of the river for the whole Union military after which overlaying Grant’s again for a month throughout the siege. At Chattanooga, Osterhaus helped Joe Hooker strategize the rout at Lookout Mountain; at Atlanta, he led the 15th Corps, the most important of the 4 corps making Sherman's March to the ocean. Townsend additionally records his contributions within the battles of Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, Arkansas publish, Port Gibson, Ringgold hole, and Resaca and indicates that he performed a very important function in Canby’s cellular Bay operations on the finish of the war.

            as well as reporting Osterhaus’s wartime studies, Townsend describes his stories as a pace-setter within the 1848–1849 uprising in his local Germany, his frustration in the course of his time period as Mississippi’s governor, and his stint as U.S. consul to France throughout the Franco-Prussian War.

            Osterhaus stood out from different volunteer officials in his realizing of strategies and logistics, even supposing his cautious box coaching resulted in feedback by means of historians that he was once unduly wary in conflict. Yankee Warhorse units the checklist directly in this vital Civil struggle basic because it opens a brand new window at the conflict within the West.

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Adam Hammer, a Mannheimer and friend of Friedrich Hecker’s who had served as a military surgeon for the Baden rebels before being exiled. Hammer’s particular Union Club consisted of students from his medical school. Osterhaus came to his home late at night to teach the rudiments of soldiering to these young would-be soldiers, trying to muffle the noise of their guns thumping on the floor by scattering hay around. Since Hammer’s home was only about six hundred yards from the arsenal gate, it would be a logical base for mounting an early response to any secessionist incursion there, a fact that obviously wore on Hammer’s nerves.

When Franz Sigel immigrated a few years after Osterhaus, he worked in New York as a language tutor and fencing instructor, playing piano in German clubs in the evenings. S. senator from Missouri a few years later. 39 18 Yankee Warhorse By the spring of 1850, Osterhaus had opened his own store, serving the largely German community of Belleville. The family lived above the store on the unpaved main street along with a merchant about Joseph’s age and a young woman who may have been a live-in servant.

Their European military training led to assignments in artillery, engineering, and training, but although they were effective in whipping the new recruits into shape, few made it very far in the ranks of leadership. Only 2 percent of officers in the Union Volunteer Army were German American, as opposed to 9 percent of volunteer troops overall. 63 By April 27 the men of the first four volunteer regiments had elected their commanding colonels: for the First Regiment, Frank Blair; for the Second, firebreathing editor Heinrich Boernstein; for the Third, Franz Sigel; and for the Fourth, Nicholas Schuttner, with Dr.

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