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 Posted: Sun Jan 25th, 2009 09:27 pm
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         Many of these men were loyal to the Confederacy when they were rebs, but when they were offered to help the Union in order to get out of their prisoner-of-war camp they quickly accepted. Though many of the “Galvanized Yankees” were now loyal to the Union, I was wondering if any of these "Galvanized Yankees" still had the Confederacy in mind and if they secretly worked for the Confederacy. Also are there cases of them rebelling against their Union officers in large numbers?



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Most of them were used to deal with the Indians in the west I believe...but honestly other than seeing them mentioned in passing regarding other subjects I haven't read much about G-Yanks. I'll bet someone here knows a bit about them though.



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here's an interesting link:

http://books.google.com/books?id=HsrhBfiB0RsC&dq=galvanized+yankees&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPP9,M1



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I do believe quite a few came from the Union death camp in Chicago-Camp Douglas.

here's a link to a pretty good book re:

http://www.amazon.com/Die-Chicago-Confederate-Prisoners-Douglas/dp/1565543319/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232930726&sr=8-1



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Captain, thanks for the links for the books. I might not get to them for quite a while, but they seem like good books worth reading



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 Posted: Tue Jan 27th, 2009 11:21 am
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I believe the History Channel did a piece on Camp Douglas called "Eighty Acres of Hell"
Might hold you over until you get to the books!



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Believe Captain Crow has come closest: many, if not all of the Galvanized Yanks replaced US Regulars in the far western outposts. In any case, they were not expected  to fight against fellow Confederates.

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I know of no incident where Galvanized yanks fought CS troops. The Galvanized troops were all stationed at various forts in the west dealing w/ the Lakota, Dakota and other Native Americans. Desertion was a real problem, for both sides of the issue. Ever thought of walking from Ft Abercrombie (South of Fargo ND) to civilization? If the weather, Lakota or Dakota didn't get you the locals might.

I believe the title is: "A Year out west with the Yankee Army" (I may have the title all wrong but saw it at the gift shop in Ft Abercrombie IIRC) written by a galvanized yank on garrison duty on one of the countless forts facing the Lakota. His description of the 1864/65 winter is interesting.



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Good to see that you've gotten mobile enough to gain access to a computer.

Any winter in Northern Minnesota/North Dakota is interesting. In that northern tier of states, living in a house with a wood-burning stove was intolerable. Living in a tent? I can't imagine.

I have to believe that the galvanized Yanks might have occasionally wished themselves to back in the temperate climes of Camp Douglas or Rock Island. When minus 40 is not unusual (and it ain't), I just jink up the thermostat to 70.

When I think of the Georgia-born galvanized yank walking sentry in a far-north winter ... brrrrr.

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So very glad to see Johan back posting. Hope this bodes well for you.

There is a book at the Drum on Galvenized Yankees. I work tomorrow . Will look at it and see what it has to say.

Ole you are making me feel cold just reading about those kinds of temperatures. BRRRRRR



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We had -38 here last week; Ft Abercrombie (sp?) would have been brutal. Wood frame building... insullation, what's that? There are a couple books out there written by men who fought on both sides of the US flag; most seemed to have been proud of what they did, feeling no shame for what others might have called treason. They did what they needed to do to survive and certainly didn't seem to think those who hadn't been what they had been through had anything to say on the matter... I'm tempted to agree w/ them.

Anyway, for me it's day by day hour by hour. i have decided morphine SUCKS!!!!! Some days better than others, and you really would laugh if you saw me in front of this computer.

God Bless you all.



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Devils Den wrote: I believe the History Channel did a piece on Camp Douglas called "Eighty Acres of Hell"
Might hold you over until you get to the books!


That's actually a really good documentary...I DVR'd it a while back. 2 hours long and quite well done. I think I might choose dealing with the indians vs dying in wonderful camp Douglas.....Although winter in a tent in the Dakotas does not sound like any picnic.....coldest temp I've ever been exposed to for any length of time was -10 F. And that was working in a refrigerated food warehouse... but I got to go home and warm up in the morning...but then on the other hand over the summers I have enjoyed many 100+ days here in indian territory so it's probably a matter of acclimation.

bottom line: civil war era soldiers= some really tough folks!



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