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21 Jun 2017 11:55 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Crossposted to 19th Century Discussion board

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

… Who Volunteered to Fight for the Egyptian Army.

"THE 1874 to 1876 Egyptian-Ethiopian War is one of the 19th century's more obscure conflicts.

Among the most surprising aspects of the conflict is that it involved a group of ex-Confederate officers who had been hired by an Ottoman viceroy to conquer an empire in central Africa.

These Confederate veterans had fought in the U.S. Civil War, in part to preserve a social system based on the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. However, along with some Union officers, less than 10 years after the fall of the Confederacy they found themselves posted more than 6,000 miles from home, in new uniforms and leading columns of African troops into the Ethiopian highlands…"
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Chokidar Inactive Member21 Jun 2017 12:15 p.m. PST

..and the Ottoman Egyptian battalion that fought for Maximilian in Mexico!!! Crazy world…

Bill N21 Jun 2017 1:55 p.m. PST

Makes sense. If you were an officer who decided to fight for the Confederacy in the ACW, the chances of getting a job in the downsizing U.S. army after the war were slim. You took work where you could find it.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Fascinating stuff!!!

And just think of all the new gaming possibilities.


Happy Wanderer21 Jun 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

We had a game using this setting. Quite an interesting period.

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 11:42 p.m. PST

You should have the Egyptians build an ironclad, crewed by Confederates. And then it runs aground and gets attacked. :)



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Happy you like it Dan!.

I saw the movie also!.


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