Garibaldi Brigade 1862

On May 28, 1862, the newly formed Garibaldi Brigade (39th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment) marched out of the state of New York to defend the struggling US Government.  The bloody Civil War (1861 to 1865) between the northern and southern states was raging, and many immigrants enlisted to support the Union.  Many of the units in the Brigade were manned by immigrants who volunteered to defend their new home country, including one company of Spanish and Portuguese volunteers.

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