Castle Garden, New York
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Castle Garden

[America, around 1850] A few weeks later Niklas and Heinrich Bergmann, now seasoned gentleman, stood on the pier in New York and waited for Lorenz. He had had just enough time in London to telegraph the […]

New York, riots
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Nativists and immigrants

[America, around 1850] Lorenz had settled in well. He had met all members of his American family and was eager to learn about the country and its people. Moreover, he had found his personal happiness: […]

Fort Sumter
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North and South

[America, around 1860]  A large country had come into being, but not homogeneous one. The “house divided” In the North, farmers cultivated their own small estates and with agricultural workers, here manufacturing and industry flourished, […]

Richmond, VA
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Secession War

[America, 1861-1865] After Lincoln’s election, South Carolina declared secession on December 20, 1860. Until February 1, 1861, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Texas followed. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired at Fort Sumter […]

Chambersburg 1864
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Defeated South

[America, 1865] In an embittered civil war the North prevailed. No one felt like celebrating, the wounds sustained from the war were too deep. After the war Annelie shuddered at the thought of General Sherman […]

Mountain Men vineyard, 1865
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Reconstruction

[America, 1865] In an embittered civil war the North prevailed. No one felt like celebrating, the wounds sustained from the war were too deep. After the war Annelie shuddered at the thought of General Sherman and […]

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Prussian-Austrian War

[America and Germany, 1866] After many months of hard yet fulfilling work at the Mountain Men Vineyard, it was time for Emil and Lena to travel back to Germany. They had fallen in love with the […]

Neuville, Prussian-French War
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Prussian-French War

[Europe and America, 1870/71] In France, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte ruled, a nephew of Napoleon I. After his failure in Mexico, he badly needed a success in his foreign policy. At the same time, the much aggrandized […]