August Willich: A German Radical’s Civil War


August Willich was a member of the German officer corps who became a dedicated leftist revolutionary. After immigrating to the United States he became a voice demanding the end of slavery. When war broke out, he organized German regiments in Ohio and Indiana.

1. A German Regiment Fights for “Freedom and Justice” at Shiloh-The 32nd Indiana under Col. August Willich.

2. August Willich: German Socialist at Chickamauga

3. German Immigrants Pinned Down at Chickamauga

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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