Manuscripts Related To Jewish American Civil War Soldiers

December 4, 2022
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Detail from "1861 Col. Max Friedman Cameroon Dragoons Patriotic Cover," December 12, 1928. SMC 1646, Shapell Manuscript Foundation.

Brothers, sons, husbands. Immigrant and American-born. Jews. These servicemen enlisted for the Union during the Civil War, with unique motivations and vastly different outcomes. The following original manuscripts selected from the Shapell Manuscript Collection illustrate some of the achievements, failings, and relationships experienced by Jewish soldiers and sailors, showing the price, and the glory, of war. Now vetted by the Shapell Roster, the lives of these servicemen, and the stories that these manuscripts tell, are a window into both Jewish and American history.

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