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. Over the course of ten years, Shapell Manuscript Foundation researchers have 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. The records include Jewish soldiers’ detailed military history, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, diaries and more. The body of their research is amassed from hundreds of primary and secondary sources, descendants, historians, and genealogists. The result is the first-ever comprehensive data archive on this topic and, once, released, will change the scholarship on Jews in America in the 19th Century. Our research team is led by Adrienne. Adam conducts online research. Caitlin and Alexandra review military service records at our research table at the National Archives - if you're ever in Washington, DC, please stop by and say hello.
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