A Very Jewish Civil War

The National Archives Project will allow Jewish soldiers of the civil war to be identified and will be available online in 2017, including photographs and written documents. Currently, records have only been available from “The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen”, by Simon Wolfs in 1985, which comprised of a total of 10,000 names; 7,000 of them being Unions and 3,000 Confederates. The only other source in which this information has been available is through last names contained on rosters.

Key Takeaways:

  • a National Archives project to identify all Jewish soldiers of the Civil War is underway.
  • Up to now the only source for Jewish Confederate soldiers, besides considering surnames on rosters, has been attorney Simon Wolf’s 1895 The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen
  • Altogether about 10,000 names: 7,000 Union and the rest Confederate

“Soon there may be more, as a National Archives project to identify all Jewish soldiers of the Civil War is underway.”

https://13thmississippi.com/2015/11/11/a-very-jewish-civil-war/

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