After the Civil War could ex-Confederate soldiers reenlist in the U.S. Army?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A good number of them fought in the Spanish-American war including General Robert E. Lee's nephew Fitzhugh Lee who served as a Major General. In fact he served as a Major General in the Confederate Army too.

    Another was former Confederate Major General Joseph Wheeler who had a famous moment while fighting in Cuba, as a Major General of American Volunteers, on July 1st, 1898, when he shouted to his men,"Hurrah! We've got the damn Yankees on the run!"


    Born: November 19th, 1835, Fairfax County, Virginia

    Died: April 28th, 1905, Washington, D.C., of Apoplexy, at the age of 69

    Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

    Pre War Service: Entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, as a Cadet on July 1st, 1852; graduated 45th in his class from the Military Academy on July 1st, 1856, and is appointed as a Brevet Second Lieutenant of Cavalry; assigned to duty at the Cavalry School for Practice in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1856 to 1858; assigned to frontier duty at Ft. Inge, Texas, in 1858; promoted to Second Lieutenant of Cavalry with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment on January 1st, 1858; at Ft. Mason, Texas, in 1858; at Camp Radziminski, Texas, from 1858 to 1859; engaged in Scouting operations against Comanche Indians in 1859; engaged in a Combat in the Nescutunga Valley, Texas, on May 13th, 1859, where he is Wounded in the lungs by an arrow. At Camp Cooper, Texas, in 1859; at Camp Colorado, Texas, from 1859 to 1860; engaged in Scouting operations throughout 1860; engaged in a hand to-hand encounter with Comanche Indians, near Camp Colorado, Texas, on June 16, 1860; on a leave of absence from 1860 to 1861; Promoted to First Lieutenant of Cavalry with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment on March 31st, 1861; resigned from the United States Army on May 21st, 1861.

    Civil War Service: Appointed as Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in August of 1861; promoted to Colonel in March of 1862; promoted to Brigadier General, P.A.C.S., in July of 1862; injured when he was kicked in the leg by a mule in September of 1862; incapacitated with inflammatory rheumatism from May to June of 1863; promoted to Major General, P.A.C.S., on August 3rd, 1863; in January of 1864 he almost had to have his feet amputated due to them being frozen while at Moorfield, Virginia; Sick with intermittent fever on August 29th & 30th, 1864; wounded in the left thigh on September 19th, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia.

    Post War Service: Worked as a Farmer at Richland Mills, Stafford County, Virginia; married Miss Ellen Bernard Fowle on April 18th, 1871; was President of the Convention for the Promotion of American Commerce held at New Orleans, Louisiana, in December of 1878; a Member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Military Academy in 1885; Governor of the State of Virginia from January 1st, 1886, to 1890; President of the Pittsburg and Virginia Railroad from January 4th, 1890; appointed as Collector of Revenue in Virginia; Consul-General of the United States at Havana, Cuba, from April 14th, 1896, to May 4th, 1898.

    Spanish American War Service: Appointed as a Major General, United States Volunteers, on May 4th, 1898; accepted the appointment on May 6th, 1898; Organized and commanded the Seventh Army Corps at Jacksonville, Florida, from May to September of 1898; at Savannah, Georgia, from October to December of 1898; from that period commanded the Corps at Camp Columbia, near Havana, Cuba, until the last regiment left Cuba on April 19th, 1899. In command of the Department of the Province of Havana, Cuba, from December 30th to April 17th, 1899; honorably discharged from Volunteer service on April 12th, 1899; Appointed as a Brigadier General, United States Volunteers, on April 12th, 1899; accepted the appointment on April 19th, 1899; In command of the Department of the Province of Havana and Pinar del Rio from April 17th, 1899.

    Post War Service: President of the Jamestown, Virginia, Exposition Company; On April 28th, 1905, he suffered a stroke involving his left side.

    Notes: Nephew of Confederate General Robert E. Lee; Author of “The Life of General R. E. Lee.” The Family had five children, Fitzhugh Jr., Ellen Lee, George, Anne Fitzhugh, and Virginia Lee. Of there children Fitzhugh Jr. and George served in the 7th United States Cavalry Regiment, and Ellen and Anne both married Officers of the United States Army

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes the same as American fought for the germans in the first and second world war

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    Some of the Confederates who were POW were sent out West to protect the wagon trains.

    The South got wind of it so they took the POWs and put em on the line to fight the North.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. They had to take the same oath as everyone else.

    I solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.......

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a good question and I dont know the answer , but I was curious enough to look and see what others said. It looks like from the other answers that they were allowed to join.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They were required to take an oath of allegiance that was worded in such a way as to keep some from taking it, but those who did were allowed.

  • 1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    of course

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