As is the case with many Deitsch folks, my family, particularly on the maternal side, took part in the Battle of Gettysburg. We have some rich family lore associated with the battle and with the Civil War in general. I am still researching some of the information for accuracy.

Folks may be interested in the book, Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg by David L. Valuska and Christian B. Keller. It's a great read, and I think people will find it to be very interesting and educational.

Books like these provide fantastic insights and understandings into what make us a unique ethnic group and culture, which still in many areas remains starkly different from the wider American society.

Hail to those who gave their lives to protect our liberty and to extend that liberty to all Americans!

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