Jewish Soldiers in the American Civil War

The Shapell Roster

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About the Shapell Roster

The Shapell Roster is the first-ever comprehensive data archive documenting the Jewish soldiers who served in the American Civil War.

Over the course of ten years, Shapell Manuscript Foundation researchers unearthed a treasure trove of information on Union and Confederate Jews during the Civil War era, giving life to a buried record of the Jewish-immigrant experience and American patriotism. What began as an endeavor to corroborate a long-antiquated list of Jews who served during the Civil War has become a monumental work that testifies to a major turning point in Jewish history. The body of their research is amassed from hundreds of primary and secondary sources, descendants, historians, and genealogists. The records include Jewish soldiers’ detailed military history, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, diaries and more. This resource will become a touchstone for scholarship on Jews in America in the 19th Century.

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