Some information about possible ukrainians in the Civil War. Thanks to Ksenya Kiebuzinski from
Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
1) According to Yaroslav J. Chyz, "The Ukrainian Immigrants in the United
States," Almanac of the Ukrainian Workingmen's Association for 1940
(Scranton, PA: Narodna Volia, 1939):
". . . scores if not hundreds of Ukrainian names can be found on the rolls
of both American armies during the Civil War. The well known historian of
the Polish immigration in America, Mieczyslav Haiman took pains of
compiling a very imposing list of names, which he considered Polish. In
our opinion a good part of them could have belonged to soldiers of
Ukrainian as well as Polish extraction (baring a positive proof that they
were Polish), and a considerable number of them are purely Ukrainian. For
Officers: George Sokalski, Julius Kryvoshinsky, Joseph Krynicki, John Mara,
Andrew Ripka, Joseph Pietzuch, Konstantin Nityschi, Michael Walluch.
Soldiers: Albert Michnewitsch, Andrew Podolsky, Michael Carahroda, Andrew
Gula, Conrad Huba, Anthony Massopust, Julius Kobierske, Harry Comarnicky,
Andrew Czaplensky, Martin Dubrynski, Ambrose Balamut, Bohumil Wehowskey,
John Zarewich and others.
It must be pointed out that the above evidence does not give any conclusive
proof that the groups and individuals mentioned were of Ukrainian
nationality. Nevertheless it shows that there is a well founded basis for
supposing that even in those years of America's growth Ukrainian work and
Ukrainian blood participated in the process." (page 4)
Chyz's reference is to Mieczyslaw Haiman, Historja Udzialu Polakow w
Amerykanskiej Wojnie Domowej (Chicago, 1928).
2) According to Vladimir Wertsman's The Ukrainians in America, 1608-1975: A
Chronology and Fact Book (Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1976):
"A large number of Ukrainian Americans took part and bravely fought in the
Civil War on President Lincoln's side. I.H. Yarosh, Petro Semen, Julius
Koblansky and several others gave their lives for the Union's cause, while
Ivan Mara, Andrey Ripka, Joseph Krynicky and others distinguished
themselves as officers." (page 1)
3) According to Myron B. Kuropas's The Ukrainian Americans: Roots and
Aspirations, 1884-1954 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991):
". . . Julius Kryvoshinsky, Joseph Krynicki, John Zarewich, and Andrew
Podolsky, who are listed among those who fought in the Civil War. Many of
the same individuals are also claimed by Polish Americans whose major
documentation seems to be the Slavic structure and sound of the names.
Because in most instances little information is available concerning the
exact region of origin of these individuals, the 'name game' is intriguing
but hardly conclusive, barring further documented evidence.