PARDS: A novel of the Civil War
The Civil War changed everything. No one who lived through the events was the same coming out as going in. This was particularly true of the two massive waves of immigrants arriving in the United States in the decade and a half before the war. The Germans, fleeing from political revolution, and the Irish, fleeing from famine. Both were looking for acceptance from their new homeland, but they retained much of the old country attitude about each other. Both took part in the war to gain acceptance, and when they came out the other side of their service, they were no longer Micks and Paddies, or Dutchies and Fritzes. They were just Pards.