This pocket manual is a translation of selections from Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, the standard drill manual written in 1855 for the U.S. Army. It was published in German in St. Louis for the many Union soldiers of German descent recruited in Missouri in 1861. German-born military officers, such as Franz Sigel, who escaped to the United States after the failed 1848 Revolutions and joined the Union Army during the American Civil War, used this manual to train recruits in American military tactics. German immigrants filled the ranks of the Union army in Missouri, a reality not lost on many pro-southern Missourians. German-born soldiers saw action at many of the major battles fought in Missouri and elsewhere in the South. They also played a major role in safeguarding Missouri for the Union against threats from invading Confederate forces and local pro-southern guerrilla units through their service in home guard units. Many pro-Confederate Missourians despised German Missourians due to their anti-slavery sentiments and their close association with the Union cause and Republican politics, derisively calling them the “Dirty Dutch.”
Categories: War & Conflict
Subject: German Americans; Civil War, 1861-1865
Contributing Institution: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Accession Number: WICR 00631
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