Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fort York, North Carolina-- Part 3: "One Wing York" and "Galvanized Yankees"

General Zebulon York of Louisiana was in command of the fort which was named after him.  he had previously lost an arm and his troops nicknamed him "One Wing York.  About 600 of his troops were "Galvanized Yankees."

He went to the Confederate Salisbury Prison and picked out "Catholics, Irishmen and Scottish men" who would not as likely be loyal to the Union because they had not been born there.  The Confederacy had a serious manpower problem at this late date.  General York's other troops were mostly Home Guard.

The battle took place on April 12, 1865.

--Old Secesh

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