Item #List2215 The American Question in its National Aspect. Being Also An Incidental Reply to H.R. Helper’s “Compendium of The Impending Crisis of the South.”. Elias Peissner.

The American Question in its National Aspect. Being Also An Incidental Reply to H.R. Helper’s “Compendium of The Impending Crisis of the South.”

New York: H.H. Lloyd and Co., 1861. 8vo, green cloth, 164 pp. Slight odor else about fine. Item #List2215

Elias Peissner was born in Bavaria and exiled from his country for his activism surrounding the war there, and eventually ended up in the United States at Union College where he taught languages and literature. “He also became involved in politics, calling for the North to resist Southern secession his 1861 book, The American Question.

When the Civil War broke out that year, Peissner helped organize and train the Union College Zouaves, most of whose members later served as officers in the Union Army. In June 1862, Governor Morgan of New York gave Peissner permission to recruit a regiment and a commission as its colonel. The regiment entered service that September as the 119th New York Infantry. The regiment saw its first action in 1863 as part of XI Corps at the battle of Chancellorsville. The corps’ position was turned by Stonewall Jackson’s attack, and disaster ensued. Desperately attempting to stem the Confederate tide, Peissner was shot at the head of his men, and died on the field on May 2, 1863. On his death, the faculty at Union College formally expressed their, “respect for his ability and earnestness in his department, both as an Author and an Educator,….regard for his virtues as a man and a friend,….[and] admiration of his heroism in the cause of human liberty and his adopted land.” - Union College, Union Notables, (https://digitalcollections.union.edu/s/union-notables/item/1026#?cv=&c=&m=&s=&xywh=-50%2C0%2C399%2C399.).

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