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History Report November 29

History Report November 29 - History Report Chapter 14 64...

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History Report November 29, 2006 Chapter 14 64. Marus M. Spiegal, Letter of a Civil War Soldier (1864) What happened: Spiegal was a German immigrant who had seen the horrors of war during the unsuccessful German Revolution. Nonetheless he joined the Union Army in 1861 on the grounds to preserve the union. He was an ardent democrat and opposed to Lincoln’s Republican practices. However, as the war continued he found himself believing more and more in the abolition of slavery. In a letter he wrote his wife he said he would never support anything that supported anything to do with slavery. He later died in battle. The Questions: What horrors do you think he witnessed that caused such a dramatic turnaround? This guy was a card carrying democrat. Do you think that a majority of nonslaves were treated much better than slaves? Spielgal was a devout racist, suggesting that all black people were lazy and indolent. What happened to the cook? On a separate note, does this picture of the Civil War shock you? He seemed to be having a great time where he was. He was talking about how great it was and if he would have his family, everything would have been perfect? Does this picture of the American
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