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  2 months ago +607

    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!

    • Farmmer John
      Farmmer John Month ago

      could you guys do a whole series on the civil war please?

    • Democracy But not really
      Democracy But not really 2 months ago

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

    • Herbert Miller
      Herbert Miller 2 months ago

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

    • ghostbos 7
      ghostbos 7 2 months ago +1

      Can you do Gettysburg

    • garroto30
      garroto30 2 months 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

  • Muneeb Noman
    Muneeb Noman Day ago

    This channel is for kids

  • Metalshyguy 117
    Metalshyguy 117 3 days ago

    Wait...... If you’re, say, Colombian , aren’t you technically American? Because you’re from the Americas? Just a thought.

  • William Tecumseh Sherman

    Ah yes.
    The American Civil War.
    I also fought for the Union.

    • Tilen Stupar
      Tilen Stupar 5 hours ago

      Did you really March through Georgia and singing this song?

  • TheUltanator
    TheUltanator 4 days ago

    What about the Irish brigade

  • Christobanistan
    Christobanistan 9 days ago

    8:19 Why is the slaveholder portrayed as a cute grinning fellow? I mean, there's neutrality, and there's WTF?

    FALLOUT 4 12 days ago

    I loved your vids from the phillipines

  • The Wii U Pro Controller Defense Force

    I saw T. Odinson.

  • Space Pirate
    Space Pirate 14 days ago

    CSA could have won the Civil War if one man did his job right

  • Mariana Matthews
    Mariana Matthews 16 days ago

    At one point the Native slave trade was bigger than the African Slave trade.

  • David Salazar
    David Salazar 18 days ago

    Literally best video. Dont @ me.

  • Because Sports
    Because Sports 19 days ago

    Hey they should do more on this and talk about the battles and the tactics

  • Edy Lai
    Edy Lai 20 days ago

    Any Y'all Seen Thanos

  • badfoody
    badfoody 21 day ago

    Sylvanus? Doesn't the Horde have a lot of slaves lel

  • Curtis Lowery
    Curtis Lowery 21 day ago

    300 slopes... yeah, that many died before war was declared. Look at ww2 pearl harbor. We need to do tharvwith the muslims now before its to late

  • AUrora12922 Absolute trash :3

    F l o c k s

  • Harrison Ressler
    Harrison Ressler 22 days ago

    2:01 What does the National Park Service have anything to do with dead veterans?

    • Terminalsanity
      Terminalsanity 22 days ago

      The national park service maintains national cemeteries and arranges services for veterans at them.

  • F-16c Thunderbird
    F-16c Thunderbird 22 days ago +2

    Confederacy: let's do capture the flag.
    Union: Theres no such thing.
    Thomas: hold my beer

  • chitosan
    chitosan 23 days ago +1

    According to chronicles, memoirs, and journals, most New Mexico Volunteers joined the fight not because of North vs South, because they thought they were fighting TEXAS.

  • Felix Crispala
    Felix Crispala 23 days ago

    Didn't actually think Filipinos we're in the civil war

  • Ben Siener
    Ben Siener 24 days ago

    Just an fyi, the South had black soldiers as well

  • Señor Hilter
    Señor Hilter 26 days ago

    It was everyone's war

  • Marbella Bender
    Marbella Bender 28 days ago

    So we aren't going to bring up the fact that the Siamese twins both made sons while being stuck to each other and married to different women?

  • Deadeyericky gaming
    Deadeyericky gaming 28 days ago

    Can y’all do another video going more in depth on the confederate side of the war? There is a whole lot of material that y’all could cover that most people don’t

  • NefariousKoel
    NefariousKoel 28 days ago

    The joke's on Hawaii. The US later overthrew the Hawaiian leadership and annexed them.

  • The Game Master
    The Game Master 29 days ago

    When will be released the second part?

    HISTORIAN D 29 days ago

    Lahore is in pakistan not india

  • folklore19
    folklore19 29 days ago

    Born in 1845? Thomas Sylvanus was 16 when the war started then. And we probably wasn't even 21 when it ended.

  • Lois
    Lois Month ago

    Whoa! It’s cool to see Asian Americans in the Civil War

  • YouTube Sins
    YouTube Sins Month ago

    Why am I seeing someone run naked?

  • Swamp22
    Swamp22 Month ago

    Dutch:WE NEED TO GET MONEY TO GO TO TAHITI (1899 colorised)

    PARTH DAKE Month ago

    Lahore is shown in India lol... Its in Pakistan

  • ritwik basu
    ritwik basu Month ago +1

    Chinaman from the Central Flowery Kingdom??

  • John Conner
    John Conner Month ago

    though you should realize there only the medal of honor as the only award in those days

  • Fearless Gameing
    Fearless Gameing Month ago

    Save Brithbay day, July 4

  • Time_For_Toast
    Time_For_Toast Month ago

    I'm sorry, all I can hear is you screaming: 'Diversity and equality!'

  • Desiree Paahana
    Desiree Paahana Month ago

    Ku"e a mau a mau!

  • The J.A.P
    The J.A.P Month ago


  • Noah Johnson
    Noah Johnson Month ago

    The Indian nations of Oklahoma were supposedly going to be recognized by the Confederacy and have representatives sent to the Confederate Congress. I'm not sure if this was included in the finished agreement though

  • Noah Johnson
    Noah Johnson Month ago

    I've been to Andersonville
    It's quite sad to see the conditions they lived in
    They didn't have enough food to feed the guards, much less the prisoners
    The mass graves stretch for miles
    And the only water sources were heavily polluted
    I have a relative who was captured in the Cumberland Gap at the fighting there, and was sent to Andersonville, where he died of disease.
    The ironic thing was him and his father had left Georgia to join the Union army. The father had died of disease just before the son was captured.
    I wonder of him and Sylvanus met

  • Tim Skovbølle Holst

    1:27 What is going on with the belt buckle?

  • Remmuz crimsonlynx
    Remmuz crimsonlynx Month ago

    Kitty!...That is all.

  • cncthang
    cncthang Month ago


  • Vidal Baca
    Vidal Baca Month ago

    And can you make a video on why the civil war started

  • Vidal Baca
    Vidal Baca Month ago

    How mean family fought against each other and is there any historical documents

  • Clarence Dela Cruz
    Clarence Dela Cruz Month ago +2

    There were Filipinos in the American Civil War??

  • Caleb Ames
    Caleb Ames Month ago

    Here’s some surprising soldiers
    100 men from extreme northern Maine hiking a hundreds miles through the woods without roads to get on a train to go hundreds of more miles to join the fight

  • ET Hardcorgamer
    ET Hardcorgamer Month ago

    I’d like to point out that a war vet from this era, that was a southerner, actually said that the south did not fight for slavery (history has means of backing this up) and that the civil war was about state rights, not slavery. He said he hated the way the slaves were treated and that his family was even working on getting rid of slaves entirely among some others, and that the average soldier simply joined the south not knowing the full extent and the whole truth as to what was really happening

  • Confederate Wolf Gaming

    Thank you extra history!

  • helios396
    helios396 Month ago +2

    Stories of the real human, the people behind the events, this is why Iove this channel.

  • Darrel Jones
    Darrel Jones Month ago +1

    I like how this account uses monograms to identify individuals, like the "G" and "L" on Grant and Lee respectively.

  • Tyler Clark
    Tyler Clark Month ago

    We need a series on the fall of the Soviet Union. You have all kinds of political chicanery (including that on the part of Americans), a war (Afghanistan) and a coup attempt. Also I need to see a cartoon version of Gorbachev.

  • Orwell
    Orwell Month ago

    Me: ya Colorado.

  • Asian Identatarian
    Asian Identatarian Month ago

    They didn’t use flintlocks, they used percussion caps. But that’s a small detail. Good video!

  • Kevin Kraft
    Kevin Kraft Month ago

    Excuse me, but Kevin is an Irish name.

  • Space Eaters
    Space Eaters Month ago

    Hi ops

  • Maverick L.
    Maverick L. Month ago +2

    The Seneca chief,"uhh... b*tch we're all Americans"

  • Josh L
    Josh L Month ago

    3:10 a son!!!! wonder how that happened?

  • Frost
    Frost Month ago

    T a h i t i

  • Peoples Republic of Kurdistan

    Please do Sultan Saladin!

  • Matthew Hullinger
    Matthew Hullinger Month ago

    6:14 uaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Cierra Anglin
    Cierra Anglin Month ago +1

    I LOVED all the marvel references.

  • Cierra Anglin
    Cierra Anglin Month ago

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

  • Ben B
    Ben B Month ago +1

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

  • Carter Bellard!
    Carter Bellard! Month ago

    6:12 omg

  • Reilly Justian
    Reilly Justian Month ago +2

    Why did the


  • PaintBuddy
    PaintBuddy Month ago +1

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

  • Meganopteryx
    Meganopteryx Month ago

    7:12 the guy who won Capture the Flag irl

  • Aerolgel
    Aerolgel Month ago +2

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

  • Teutonic Tom
    Teutonic Tom 2 months ago

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