GDG- Soldiers changing sides

dherko at dherko at
Tue Jan 31 15:58:14 CST 2012

I have gathered a bit of data on the subject.

I started with the 1860 census data and some records from some different sites

Side eligeble population 1860 to 1865 (18 years old to 46 years old)

Union   4,503,746

CSA     1,239,267

Border   574,722

It gets tougher after that.  So far I think that:

2,318,913 served the Union from Union States (plus another 100,000 African American Soldiers)

86,144 served the Union from Confederate States (includes a large contingent from what became West Virgina 32,005 and Tennessee 31,092)

190,744 served from Border States (Kentuky, Maryland and Missouri) Deleware is technically a border state, but it rivaled any other Union state for % of men in uniform  

I took the original data from 1860 and programmed in changes based on men entering the pool (18-46) men aging out, immigrants entering, natural deaths.  My data is incomplete, and Confederate data is harder to obtain and verify, I think the cross over numbers is more like 100,000 to the Union from Southern States and 20,000 to the South from Northern States. 

VR Don 
---- Bob Huddleston <huddleston.r at> wrote: 
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> See Wikipedia "Galvanized Yankees" for a good description with 
> regiments and numbers.
> Take care,
> Bob
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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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