U.S. Civil War - Surprising Soldiers - Extra History

  • Published on May 11, 2019
  • Historians have been learning that the US civil war armies were a lot more diverse than previously accounted for--partly because many soldiers who hailed from other countries and nations used adopted names. Chinese, Hawaiian, Hispanic, and Cherokee soldiers all participated on both sides of the US civil war--suffering even more conflict in some cases.
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  • Extra Credits
    Extra Credits  11 days ago +537

    Researchers are beginning to learn that the makeup of the Union and Confederate armies in the US Civil War was a lot more nuanced and diverse than we had previously known. Here is an episode on the accounts of some of those surprising soldiers!

    • Slug Tripping
      Slug Tripping 4 days ago

      Amazing content as usual

    • Democracy But not really
      Democracy But not really 4 days ago

      You guys should make a video about General Antonio Luna and the Philippine revolution

    • Herbert Miller
      Herbert Miller 7 days ago

      3:33 Yea! You got the right Confederate flag. Not the battle flag.

    • ghostbos7 bos
      ghostbos7 bos 7 days ago +1

      Can you do Gettysburg

    • garroto30
      garroto30 7 days ago

      Pls make a video about the norwegians saboteurs from ww2. They could very well be the main reason why the nazis didn't developed a nuclear bomb

  • Matthew Hullinger
    Matthew Hullinger 5 hours ago

    6:14 uaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Cierra Anglin
    Cierra Anglin 7 hours ago

    I LOVED all the marvel references.

  • Cierra Anglin
    Cierra Anglin 7 hours ago

    2:04 T. Odinson.... THOR!!!?

  • Ben B
    Ben B 11 hours ago

    Just sayin, all you patreon folks, lets get Native American civil war during the civil war as a series.

  • Carter Bellard!
    Carter Bellard! Day ago

    6:12 omg

  • Reilly Justian
    Reilly Justian Day ago

    Why did the


  • PaintBuddy
    PaintBuddy 2 days ago +1

    2:19 Tahiti? I would travel there if I only had enough MUNEH.

  • Meganopteryx
    Meganopteryx 2 days ago

    7:12 the guy who won Capture the Flag irl

  • Aerolgel
    Aerolgel 2 days ago

    *_This feels like that one scene in Star Wars._*
    _blaster sounds here as kenobi falls off “dewback” (idk)_

  • Teutonic Tom
    Teutonic Tom 2 days ago

    I know it is nitpicking but I’m not sure there was much snow in El Paso

  • 10th Amendment Cat
    10th Amendment Cat 2 days ago

    Has there been an Extra History on female soldiers in the Civil War?

  • loopity scoop
    loopity scoop 2 days ago


  • SsgtTucker
    SsgtTucker 2 days ago

    Wasn't there an African American regiment in the Confederacy?

  • Lucas Buttercups
    Lucas Buttercups 2 days ago

    I never knew that there were Asian troops, Mexican troops. I learned something today, thanks extra credits!

  • TheCoool31
    TheCoool31 2 days ago

    4:17 Pew! Pew!

  • Jesse McCree
    Jesse McCree 3 days ago

    Hispanics and Native Americans once served (willingly??????) in the confederacy? Bet you'll never see that written in future high school history books. I'm sure many will gladly talk about how diverse the Union was but then see how awkward it would be for some to talk about the other side. When we look at the confederacy, I bet none of us here on this comment section expected to see Hispanics, Asians, let alone Native Americans proudly waving the Confederate flag.

    • Jesse McCree
      Jesse McCree 2 days ago

      Just imagine having to explain why it was a Cuban officer who managed the artillery assault on that Union fort.

  • All For Family
    All For Family 3 days ago

    Why do they have flintlocks

  • DavidAWA
    DavidAWA 3 days ago

    Fascinating. Thanks.

  • NCR Master Race
    NCR Master Race 3 days ago

    3:17 wait...they had sex? How would that even work? I’m sickened but curious

    MIMALECKIPL 3 days ago

    How about making video also on foreigners from Europe, immigrants - Irish, Germans, even there was one Polish general in the Union army.

  • EldridgeTheGamer12th

    Anybody notice the Any y'all seen thanos? At 8:45

  • Hong Fei Bai
    Hong Fei Bai 4 days ago

    It sucked to be a person of color back then. Join one side, and if you lose you get broken treaties. Join another side, and if you win, treaties get brok an eventually. Do nothing, still broken treaties. So many lies, even until nowadays.

  • ferretyluv
    ferretyluv 4 days ago

    Finally, some names that they actually try to pronounce.

  • Travis the gamer Shin

    can you do veitnam?

  • Big Daddy Speaks: Politics NOW

    "... the infamous Buffalo Soldiers...". Explain yourself sir!

  • Shealyne Anglin
    Shealyne Anglin 4 days ago


    • Shealyne Anglin
      Shealyne Anglin 4 days ago

      But RIP characters who died in End Game (No spoilers)

  • Flying Emporer80
    Flying Emporer80 4 days ago

    *Dutch's Plan Intensifies*

  • TheWebofHope
    TheWebofHope 4 days ago

    6:55 Joseph Decastro: Memorialised for Best round of CTF Ever

  • Ed Becker
    Ed Becker 4 days ago

    Can you do more civil war videos

  • geartic
    geartic 4 days ago


  • Xan VVK
    Xan VVK 4 days ago

    2:16.... I WAS BORN IN MANILA! (but I'm still Canadian)

  • Supreme Command
    Supreme Command 5 days ago

    I's very good. Just wish it's a bit more animated.

  • Catalin Popescu
    Catalin Popescu 5 days ago

    Is that Captain America's shield at 7:20 ?

  • Jack Strickland
    Jack Strickland 5 days ago

    Hurrah! Hurrah! for southern rights hurrah! hurrah for the Bonnie blue flag that bears the single star!

  • Random History
    Random History 5 days ago

    Any Y'all see Thanos?

  • Jack Strickland
    Jack Strickland 5 days ago

    i do respect the heroism of both sides, to bad they died in the war!

  • Abraham Schuman
    Abraham Schuman 5 days ago

    One of the best extra history episodes!

  • PeEpO DaNkUs
    PeEpO DaNkUs 5 days ago +1

    you guys should cover the Filipino/American war

  • Jerry jerry
    Jerry jerry 5 days ago

    6:31 Where's his clothes?

  • Ben Donnerberg
    Ben Donnerberg 6 days ago

    hey can you do a video on bonny and clyde

  • Dark Forge
    Dark Forge 6 days ago

    Well, makes me want to look up and maybe find some books on these people. I'm a big civil war buff and would love to learn more about these people. So, thank you for this.

  • Kronos 81
    Kronos 81 6 days ago

    Great episode, do you citation for your information?

  • Janie
    Janie 6 days ago +1

    Go confederates !!!!!

  • Eric Cartman
    Eric Cartman 6 days ago

    #50 on trending street

  • Texas Ranger Fillip
    Texas Ranger Fillip 6 days ago

    Will they ever talk of the alamo ? :(

  • TheMysteriousMan
    TheMysteriousMan 6 days ago

    Whoop whooooooop

  • NKVD Citizen101
    NKVD Citizen101 6 days ago

    vid about how the union turned against the natives after the war?

  • onE mEmbEr Studio
    onE mEmbEr Studio 6 days ago

    2:02 T. Odinson XD
    Thor Odinson

  • Zachary Waite
    Zachary Waite 6 days ago

    Thank you for making this video. Too often we only see mainstream but as you have shown so well history is complex.

  • Mathieu Leader
    Mathieu Leader 6 days ago

    untold history is very interesting

  • Ethan White
    Ethan White 6 days ago

    Very interesting episode. Are you able to point us to some of the sources you used for this episode or researchers leading the way on this?

  • David Hodes
    David Hodes 6 days ago

    born in HK and on the fourth and ran our flag? yup that american as hell.

  • David Hodes
    David Hodes 6 days ago

    muh nass's

  • Shadows Of Evil
    Shadows Of Evil 6 days ago

    hi Extra Credits

  • Silberzunge
    Silberzunge 6 days ago

    6:44 i know that animation from some where ... *wispers* and than the winged hussars arrived

  • Jair Trail
    Jair Trail 7 days ago

    Hawaii baby

  • AgamemnonTWC
    AgamemnonTWC 7 days ago

    I came just to figure out why American Civil War soldiers were carrying flintlock muskets in the thumbnail.

  • Benjamin Castillo
    Benjamin Castillo 7 days ago

    Adventure time.

  • Furry Boi
    Furry Boi 7 days ago

    Right when this video came out my class finished the civil war and so I had to do actually research lol

    THE COMMUNIST EAGLE 7 days ago +2

    "We get a better picture of America." Yeah I'm sure the five Asian guys who got conscripted had some major effect on the U.S.

  • mthiese
    mthiese 7 days ago +2

    300 names.... in a war fought by a million, maybe this is not the most important topic.

  • Icepick957
    Icepick957 7 days ago

    The confederacy isn’t dead the north is

  • Ultra Class Kennels Royce Line

    Yes I am .......

    going to subscribe to Ultra Class Kennels

  • Stupid lizard Adventures

    My great great grandfather fought in the civil was and my moms dads brother fought ❤️ Vietnam

  • David Nemoseck
    David Nemoseck 7 days ago

    Wow! That was awesome! Keep up the great work!

  • Daniel Leichty
    Daniel Leichty 7 days ago +2

    The ability to view your episodes as seasons are gone

  • snoopy bro
    snoopy bro 7 days ago

    Away down South in the land of traitors, Rattlesnakes and alligators, Right away, come away, right away, come away. Where cotton's king and men are chattels, Union boys will win the battles, Right away, come away, right away, come away.

    CHORUS: Then we'll all go down to Dixie, Away, away, Each Dixie boy must understand That he must mind his Uncle Sam, Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie. Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie.
    I wish I was in Baltimore, I'd make Secession traitors roar, Right away, come away, right away, come away. We'll put the traitors all to rout. I'll bet my boots we'll whip them out, Right away, come away, right away, come away.
    CHORUS: Then they'll wish they were in Dixie, Away, away, Each Dixie boy must understand That he must mind his Uncle Sam, Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie. Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie.
    Oh, may our Stars and Stripes still wave Forever o'er the free and brave, Right away, come away, right away, come away. And let our motto ever be -- "For Union and for Liberty!" Right away, come away, right away, come away.
    CHORUS: Then they'll wish they were in Dixie, Away, away, Each Dixie boy must understand That he must mind his Uncle Sam, Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie. Away, away, And we'll all go down to Dixie.
    - UNION DIXIE lyrics
    I'm a Union boy son. Proud to be an American Patriot.

    • Pueri Demus
      Pueri Demus 6 days ago

      snoopy bro traitor to what exactly? and you’re ok with destroying the constitution and mass murder. Nice. Please son. Don’t engage. You are way out of your league

    • snoopy bro
      snoopy bro 6 days ago

      +Pueri Demus 😂 okay traitor.

    • Pueri Demus
      Pueri Demus 6 days ago

      i prefer the song kill that yankee soldier. Much more catchy

  • snoopy bro
    snoopy bro 7 days ago

    I would have fought on the side of the Union for sure. For America! We sure were lucky the Union turned things around when Lee got cocky and marched North. I don't understand how people romanticize those traitors still.

    • Pueri Demus
      Pueri Demus 6 days ago

      That’s because you have no clue what you are talking about and brainwashed since birth

  • Let me Vent
    Let me Vent 7 days ago


  • meat stic
    meat stic 7 days ago +1

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, praise the confederacy!!!

  • GoatHsPnyskenis
    GoatHsPnyskenis 7 days ago


  • Kendall Ammons
    Kendall Ammons 7 days ago


  • Cohnie
    Cohnie 7 days ago +1

    Trumpublicans are going to hate these truths and facts.

  • kingphiltheboss
    kingphiltheboss 7 days ago

    1:41 shouldn't it be split the other way, because its like, north and south, I just think it would be better.

  • Doan
    Doan 7 days ago

    I dunno my father changed his name to be more American I know if he had to be remembered it would be as an American not Vietnamese. I just feel like there is a small injustice in pointing out their race.

  • Slayer Jesse
    Slayer Jesse 7 days ago

    *waits for the sabaton song*

  • Cross Blood
    Cross Blood 7 days ago

    Lol I’m actually just learning the civil war in school I’m going to recommend this to my history teacher

  • Thomas Varblow
    Thomas Varblow 7 days ago

    Number 31 on trending. Congrats

  • Dat Boi15208
    Dat Boi15208 7 days ago

    I learn more from extrahistory then from my shitty history teacher.

  • AJ Flemister
    AJ Flemister 7 days ago


  • Muriel Cunningham
    Muriel Cunningham 7 days ago

    My OCD with the caplocks having a flintlock part on it is killing me somewhat

  • thanos neof
    thanos neof 7 days ago +2

    After the us civil war can you make about the japanese war against china in ww2?

  • Curas1
    Curas1 7 days ago

    The majority of Jewish people supported the confederacy.

  • garroto30
    garroto30 7 days ago +4

    Pls make a video about the norwegians saboteurs from ww2. They could very well be the main reason why the nazis didn't developed a nuclear bomb

    • Random History
      Random History 5 days ago


  • Flavius Aetius
    Flavius Aetius 7 days ago

    I'd like to take this time to thank all those who have fought for our country. And I'd like to give special recognition to those who were immigrants and valued it as something to fight for and not just a place to go to get money.

  • ElmoIsDead YouAreToo

    At 6:12 why was a guy naked in the top left corner?

  • ElmoIsDead YouAreToo

    Hehe! The fact at 1:59 says "Most Muppets are left handed" I'm dead bro!!

  • Eric Cartman
    Eric Cartman 7 days ago

    #31 on trending street

  • Oscar Trent01
    Oscar Trent01 7 days ago +1

    Many foreigners were signed up to fight for the union as soon as they got to U.S. ports . Union recruiters were waiting as a ship full of immigrants would dock. Sometimes lying and drafting on them the spot. Or forcing them to join while threatening them with being deported ... THE South had FAR fewer immigrants after the war started ...Due to their southern ports being under siege and blockaded by the unions FAR larger navy...

  • Dakkogi Raoru
    Dakkogi Raoru 7 days ago +1


  • Jack N. Cheeze
    Jack N. Cheeze 7 days ago

    I heard Tahiti and went “ARTHUR”

  • Nuseybah Dahir
    Nuseybah Dahir 7 days ago

    I'm I didn't see yhanos but I did see the movie.

  • Paul Eriksson Balodis

    This art style is adorable!🤩

  • Bob The Pumpkin
    Bob The Pumpkin 7 days ago

    The south had the most Mexicans fighting alot weren't Spanish blooded upperclass slave owners. Alot were native blooded and poor and saw opportunity on both sides.

  • Randon Wilston
    Randon Wilston 7 days ago

    Well done at the end of the day we all should see each other as fellow Americans!

  • That Mexican Guy117
    That Mexican Guy117 7 days ago

    Nice reference to Adventure Time

  • Manuel Montea
    Manuel Montea 7 days ago

    Peruvian here. What's the name of the Chilean guy at 7:23?
    We have had our fair share of soldiers with crazy stories in South America. Patricio Lynch, a Chilean who fought during the War of the Pacific (which has the same cultural significance in the region as the Civil War has in the US) was a Opium War veteran, and his fluency in Cantonese actually helped him to get the support of the chinese indentured workers of Peru to fight against their peruvian captors. Legend has it he was called "the red prince" by them, because he was a ginger.

  • Hunterhawk DavidJ
    Hunterhawk DavidJ 7 days ago

    Joseph Decastro exists:
    Halo 3: I like this man