GDG- Soldiers changing sides

Bob Huddleston huddleston.r at
Tue Jan 31 15:18:52 CST 2012

See Wikipedia "Galvanized Yankees" for a good description with 
regiments and numbers.

Take care,


Judy and Bob Huddleston
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On 1/31/2012 9:11 AM, CWMHTours at wrote:
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I've heard a lot about it.
> Galvanized Yanks.  Galvanized Rebs.
> I can't verify them with sources now but I have read stories  of draftees
> from southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois who Went  South after  being forced
> into the Union army.
> Many of the people in those 3 states were very anit-abolition  and doing
> anything to help slaves.  Very racists areas.
> I think in one of Catton's books soldiers from those areas of  those states
> were so opposed to the release of of the Emancipation Proclamation  that
> there were grumblings of a mutiny.  (Or was it Foote?)
> Other Conf POWs were offered the chance to go fight Indians  out west in
> the Union army.  I seem to recall stories of some Northern POW  camps offering
> a chance to fight in the Souix War in Minnesota with old Johnny  Pope.

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