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Offline pwh

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american civil war
« on: Friday 28 July 17 16:52 BST (UK) »
I have seen a photo of  one of my ancestors who was born in New York  but came to  Australia,
in a US Army uniform. The photo was taken in 1862. By this time he was already a British
subject. Did he have to be a US citizen to serve in the US army at the time?  My  limited knowledge
of the Civil War  says he did not. Can someone  tell me if i right or wrong?
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Re: american civil war
« Reply #1 on: Friday 28 July 17 17:02 BST (UK) »
There were, of course, two armies  -  the Union Army [the northern states] and the Confederate Army [the southern states].  Neither one demanded citizenship to 'volunteer' for service.  Many foreign immigrants and outright foreigners served on both sides, but more for the Union than the Confederacy.

Edited to add - since he was born in the United States, he would have been considered a US citizen even before the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
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Re: american civil war
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 29 July 17 06:19 BST (UK) »
erato
             It seems that he would have had dual British and American  citizenship. Thanks
for clearing that up.
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