|Carl Schurz German Marxist|
Revolutionary, Lincoln Appointee
and Union General
This proves that while the the German immigrants said they were fighting for the Union to abolish slavery were not being truthful. They were fighting a revolution in Germany for the same reason they were fighting it in America, they were opposed to States Rights and wanted one big central government controlling everyone. They failed in Germany but succeeded in America.
The New York Times article states:
"In the early months of 1862, Carl Schurz took leave of his post as ambassador to Spain to make a daring step he had been contemplating for months: he wanted a commission in the Army. In a face-to-face meeting with Abraham Lincoln in March, the 33-year-old German immigrant explained that he found the luxurious life of a diplomat “intolerable” while his adopted nation “was fighting for its life.” Lincoln acquiesced, though not without pointing out that Schurz was giving up prestige, comfort, and a “large salary” for a position that paid “little” and would bring “plenty of work,” “discomfort,” and “danger." and "He finally got his chance in 1862. In April, Congress confirmed his appointment as brigadier general, and in June he joined John C. Frémont’s command in the Shenandoah Valley. There he was reunited with fellow Forty-Eighters Franz Sigel, Alexander von Schimmelfennig and many others who had fought for freedom in Germany. Together, their presence in the Army would endow the Union cause with moral urgency and worldwide significance."
As stated earlier in this post it was only after the war that Unionists were affected by the beliefs of the "Radicals".
I found an issue of the Lincoln County Herald (Troy , Missouri) dated January 21, 1869 carried the headline that asked the question; "IS SHURZ A CITIZEN!".
"It is well known that Carl Schurz is a "carpetbagger' having been in this State but a short time about two years, when be became connected with the editorial tripod of the Westliche Post, a Radical German paper of St. Louis. But a more important matter is about to come to light, and considerable excitement is being hatched out in reference to bis qualifications as Senator. Is Schirz a citizen of tho United States ? "Let there be light " The Republican's Jefferson City special, of the 24th inst., says : "The General being called on to day by a committee for information as to when he was naturalized, he replied, in September, , 1857, in one of the counties of Wisconsin. Information from that county would indicate that his first papers only were issued at the time. If this be so, he has not been a naturalized citizen for nine years, as the Constitution of the United States requires of a Senator. The legal question is the same as in the case of Gen. Shields when elected Senator from Illinois." Wouldn't this have been doe for the big Drake to quack over?"
The article was referring to the "Drake Constitution" instituted after the war in Missouri , which essentially excluded everyone except Radical Republicans from elected office, public positions and in many cases being a pastor of a church unless absolute loyalty to the Union during the war could be guaranteed (most of the time it could not be).