German-language recruitment poster, Philadelphia, PA, 1861.
flipFlip to General Henry Bohlen, circa 1862.
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Haupt Quartier No. 344 Nord 3te Strasse, zwischen Callowhill u. Vine des deutschen Feld-Regiments, Col. Henry Bohlen. [Poster] Regiment: Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 75th (1861-1865) Commanding officer: Bohlen, Henry, Col. Also associated: Matzdorf, H., Major

Credit: New-York Historical Society

After Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers in April 1861, recently arrived Germans immigrants in Pennsylvania enlisted in five ethnically German regiments (the 27th, 73rd, 74th, 75th, and 98th Pennsylvania). In the rural eastern counties, however, most Dunkers, Mennonites, Amish, and other German pacifists would not serve.

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