Learn about ‘Galvanized Yankees’ May 2

By April Holthaus
Special to The PREVIEW

During the Civil War, the Union Army wanted to empty its prison camps and stop feeding and burying Confederate prisoners. Many of these prisoners were Unionized to do Army business and go west.

What prisoner wouldn’t want to be free and also earn a bit of money?

If you are interested in the Civil War or western history, you are invited to come to the meeting of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society to learn about “Galvanized Yankees.” Our speaker, Karen Hancock, has done extensive research on this subject. You may be surprised to learn we have some “Georgia Peaches” near Pagosa Springs in southern Colorado.

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This story was posted on April 30, 2015.