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And thus the student was propelled into the ranks of battle. The Major of the Forest touched their emotions, Schleswig-Holstein roused their German hearts, for one and for all, against the Danish atrocity, and Konrad Krez joined with the volunteer guard in the march on the North Sea.

The maneuver proved violent, through the King of Prussia's weakness. And because the free guards went after houses, burned the Pfalz and left Baden blazing. Because members of the student legion in the Pfalz counted Konrad Krez, suddenly a young leader, he raised troops, raided villages and made flaming revolutionary speeches in Edenkoben and in other villages.

But the revolution in Baden and Pfalz, the first uprising of Greater Germany, troubled Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and his force of arms; against their leaders, against Richard Wagner and against Konrad Krez; warrants were issued, and Krez became, though possibly not the worst offender, sentenced to death. He escaped from his mother's house by climbing across the roof of a neighbor's house, disguised in a girl's dress, and then dressed as a child he was carried in the arms of a girlfriend out through the gate, and onto the next stage coach and arrived at 'Diligence', fleeing to Alsace, then Switzerland and after that Paris. The death sentence became a stigma in his home city. He became bitterly serious. Already the young Lieutenant Graf was stationed in Landau, martial law declared, and if he tried to return he would be shot on sight. -- But the maidens of Landau put garlands in the night on the pillory, rendering the judgment with flowers, that his life there had ended.

Konrad Krez considered going as an official overseas to Montevideo. He was a German, a fugitive from the Fatherland, because he had wanted the freedom of a Greater Germany, and because the time then was still not yet ripe.

The plans evolved. Konrad Krez landed in New York in 1850 and lost himself now in the land of freedom, so he believed, as a lowly law clerk. His resume' was extraordinary, his feeling of righteousness outstanding; certain was every statement that poured from the idle poet.

He had found some comrades, a woman from Pfalz, Adolphine Stemmler, the daughter of a New York judge from Speyer, and in this at that time half-German state of New York he settled down. The sense of well-being increased, children arrived, a son and a daughter, one needed to pursue a new sphere of action and one moved to Sheboygan in Wisconsin. Konrad Krez became city attorney. It was a new, still small, settlement near the Indians that was growing steadily and his settling down to pioneer work among the white and the red-skinned became a subject for poems.

But Konrad Krez was from rain in the gutter-trough arrived. To the freedom willing was he, just as were all 'achtundvierzigers', clouds gather and from above great waters pour, because he was one of a few Germans who shared a dream of order -- from the German People's War. There broke in North America the Civil War of 1861, between the northern and the southern states, and honor and glory went now not to the cause of Greater Germany, but instead to the emancipation of the Negro slaves in the southern states, -- in reality it was a struggle for the leadership of North America. Konrad Krez recruited, as did Franz Sigel and Karl Schurz, a German volunteer regiment for the northern states and he became their commanding officer. And he joined now with his fellow Germans in the war for America -- and so carried his part in shaping the United States. The North America of today is unthinkable without the military help of the Germans, they had it in high form, first rank, from the beginning. Konrad Krez took the martial field in Arkansas, the Siege of Vicksburg, the Battle of Mobile, on the Gulf of Mexico and he became a general, a brigadier general in charge of four regiments.

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