Breaking the Naturalization Color Bar in 1870, But Only for Some Immigrants

Join The Immigrants' Civil War on Facebook America ended the Civil War with a naturalization law that only allowed white immigrants to become citizens. The...

Before the Civil War Only Whites Could Become Naturalized Citizens: Would that Change?

The half-decade after the Civil War was a time of intense debate of the question of who exactly was an American and how one...

A German Regiment’s Charge Helps Win Victory at Chattanooga’s Missionary Ridge

The Union Army of the Cumberland had been cooped up in Chattanooga ever since it was defeated at the Battle of Chickamauga in September,...
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Lincoln and the Immigrants

This page indexes articles on Lincoln and immigrants from The Immigrants’ Civil War: 1. Lincoln, the Know Nothings, and Immigrant America. 2. Immigrant Leader Carl Schurz...

How German Refugee Thomas Nast Invented How Santa Claus Looks Back During the Civil...

Join The Immigrants' Civil War on Facebook Thomas Nast did not invent the American Christmas, but the German immigrant did develop the iconic image of...

Immigrant Soldiers Battle Above the Clouds to Capture Lookout Mountain

Join The Immigrants' Civil War on Facebook German refugee Peter Osterhaus had just buried his wife when he met his army division on the edge...

German Immigrants Rushed by Rail from Virginia to Tennessee to Help Save a Union...

Join The Immigrants' Civil War on Facebook Carl Uterhard was a German doctor who came to the United States in 1863 in the hope of...

A German Revolutionary Marches to the Aid of the Union Army in Chattanooga

Join The Immigrants' Civil War on Facebook German-born General Peter Osterhaus had commanded Ulysses Grant’s Ninth Division during the successful campaign against the Confederate stronghold at...