JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US) National Archives Civil War Research Guide #general

Jan Meisels Allen

For those researching their ancestors in the Civil War this may be of interest.
The (US) National Archives has a Civil War research guide available at: It covers
both Union and Confederate records, where and how to find the records,
pension records and more. Pension records are very interesting as they
provide information on what the soldier did during the war.

A new feature is that Civil War paper pension records can now be ordered
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Jews and the Civil War

It is estimated that 10,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Civil War: about
7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy, with some 600 Jewish
soldiers killed in battle.
(Donald Altschiller, "Jews," Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A
Political, Social, and Military History, eds. David Stephen Heidler, Jeanne
T. Heidler, and David J. Coles (2000). W. W. Norton, p. 1070-1071.)

There were nine Jewish generals and 21 Jewish colonels participating in the war.

Judah Benjamin served as the second Confederate States Secretary of War and
Secretary of State. Before the Civil War, Benjamin was the first Jewish
Cabinet member in a North American government.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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