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Book-Galvanized Virginians in the Indian Wars

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm


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Hardback - Galvanized Virginians in the Indian Wars by Thomas Power Lowery, MD

A young Confederate soldier from sunny Virginia found himself shivering 
in a Dakota blizzard, while scurvy rotted his teeth. What was he doing 
there and why? The answer lies in the 300 Virginia soldiers who 
galvanized into the Union army. These were men from Union prisoner of 
war camps who enlisted in the United State Volunteers and were sent west 
to fight Indians. Why galvanized? An iron bucket coated with zinc is 
said to be galvanized, but it is still an iron bucket; thusly a 
Confederate clad in Union blue is still a Confederate, hence the slang 
term of the 1860s, a galvanized Yankee.Over 3,000 Confederate POWs 
volunteered to shed their prisoners rags, get new uniforms, pick up new 
muskets, and travel as far west as New Mexico and Utah, to guard the 
stage coach and telegraph lines, the only links between the east and 
west coasts. This first-ever study of Virginia galvanized men begins 
with a geography of western roads, rivers, and boundaries, and the 
horrible deaths from malnutrition, disease, and scalping. 

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