Poles in the American Civil War 1861-1865:
A Broad Outline of an Issue
Presenter: Piotr Derengowski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Gdańsk, and 2014-15 Kościuszko Foundation Teaching Fellow, Polish Studies Program, SUNY Buffalo
We all know the significance of the War of Independence and the Civil War for the history of the United States. At least two Poles, Kościuszko and Pułaski, are well known for having fought in the former. But do we know Poles who fought in the Civil War? Do such names as Krzyżanowski, Tochman, Sulakowski, or Oladowski mean anything to us? And even more importantly, do we know why those Poles decided to participate in the Civil War? This question becomes even more interesting when we note that they fought both for the integrity of the Union and for the independence of the South.
In his presentation, Dr. Derengowski will familiarize us with Polish officers who distinguished themselves during the Civil War as well as with what 19th century sources say are the arguments Poles used when they decided to support one side or the other.
Dr. Derengowski received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Gdańsk in 2006. His research interests include Polish immigration to the United States after 1831, military history, US Civil War, US Colored Troops, and medicine during the Civil War.
A social hour with refreshments will follow, providing those attending an opportunity to network with Dr. Derengowski. The program is free and open to the public. The Harlem Road Community Center is handicap accessible.
For more information, call 434-4984.