Louisiana Jews in the American Civil War; looking for specific source or general info #usa


theresakoenigsknecht@...
 

Hello, 
Doing general research on the Southern Jewish experience in the American Civil War. Is there an existing thread someone could direct me to or sources specifically pertaining to Louisiana Jewish veterans? I'm trying to determine if several New Orleans families were enlisted in any regiment.
I'm also curious if someone has found scans or online copies of the following resource: 

Young, Mel. Where They Lie: The Story of the Jewish Soldiers of the North and South Whose Deaths—[Killed, Mortally Wounded or Died of Disease or Other Causes] Occurred During the Civil War, 1861–1865 (1991).

Thank you in advance, 
Theresa Koenigsknecht 
ASHER/DIEFENTHAL


Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
 

The Shapell Foundation has an extensive list of Jewish Civil War veterans and sources. See https://www.shapell.org/. Send them an inquiry email.

There is a brand new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience open to the public in New Orleans. See https://msje.org/ It's near the WWII Museum and on the streetcar line if anyone is planning a trip.

The online Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities is at https://www.isjl.org/encyclopedia-of-southern-jewish-communities.html
 
There might be Louisiana synagogue records digitized on FamilySearch or held offline at the American Jewish Archives.

Ask me in the fall about other Louisiana Jewish records as I will be surveying in person this summer.

Search the archives of this discussion group with hashtag #USA and then Civil War and you might find other assistance.

Looks like if you can access a library with a "Gale Academic Onefile" subscription, you will be able to read the book.
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Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Director, USA Research Division
Colorado
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Eva Lawrence
 

Carol Mills-Nichol's book
Louisiana's Jewish Immigrants from the Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France l
Janaway Publishing,  California, 2014
gives lists by family name and forename  with details of the immigrants' origin, and also of their later lives. Just dipping in, I found several Civil war veterans.
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Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


R Jaffer
 

While researching my husband's family from Richmond, VA, I used Fold3 to obtain Confederate records such as lists of materials one ancestor sold for uniforms to various states as well as thread for hospitals. I also found letters requesting such things as time off to go home for Passover and payment for a horse that was shot from under the cavalry soldier. I can't remember if I searched for records for distant cousins who lived in Louisiana. I searched Fold3 using computers at the National Archive branch in Massachusetts.

Roberta Jaffer
Massachusetts


Tina Isaacs
 

I went to Google Scholar and there were a few interesting possibilities:

Rosen, Robert N. The Jewish Confederates. Univ of South Carolina Press, 2021.
Rockoff, Stuart. "Carpetbaggers, jacklegs, and bolting republicans: Jews in Reconstruction politics in ascension parish, Louisiana." American Jewish History 97.1 (2013): 39-64.
Dinnerstein, Leonard. "The Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840–1875. By Elliott Ashkenazi. University: University of Alabama Press, 1988. 

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Tina Isaacs
London, England


agenet@...
 

The above suggestions are all very good. In addition, we at,Touro Synagogue, New Orleans, do history tours of our facility, though we don't emphasize the Civil War. We are the oldest chartered congregation outside of the original 13 colonies and the 6th oldest chartered congregation in the US.

If you wish to schedule a tour, check out our website, tourosynagogue.com.
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Adrien Gernsbacher Genet


Sherri Bobish
 

Theresa,

Another source for the info you seek may be:
United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890

Search by name of veteran, or by the name of his widow if the veteran was not living in 1890.

Although technically only Union soldiers were to be counted, many Confederate soldiers were also.  They were enumerated in the state they lived in 1890, but the census page will give info on where they served, and list any injuries.

The database can be searched on FamilySearch at:
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1877095

Ancestry.com (which is a subscription database) also has this database on their site.

You can also search for Union and Confederate military using these two FamilySearch databases:

United States Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1932383

United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1910717
 
You can also search their names in old digitized local newspapers.  This site lists digitized newspapers by geographic region:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives

Also, The Library of Congress. 
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/
You can limit the search of newspapers to one state.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching:
RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.)
LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL (Odessa?)


Jules Levin
 

I have the Rosen book.  It is a substantial book, with hundreds of names indexed, and many family photos. 

Jules Levin, Los Angeles

On 4/7/22 6:51 AM, Tina Isaacs wrote:

I went to Google Scholar and there were a few interesting possibilities:

Rosen, Robert N. The Jewish Confederates. Univ of South Carolina Press, 2021.
Rockoff, Stuart. "Carpetbaggers, jacklegs, and bolting republicans: Jews in Reconstruction politics in ascension parish, Louisiana." American Jewish History 97.1 (2013): 39-64.
Dinnerstein, Leonard. "The Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840–1875. By Elliott Ashkenazi. University: University of Alabama Press, 1988. 

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Tina Isaacs
London, England


jsheines@...
 

I have used Shapell when researching Texas Civil War veterans.  
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Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx
jsheines@...


jsheines@...
 

If you subscribe to Ancestry then Fold3 is available using your Ancestry passcode.
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Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx
jsheines@...


almhuss@...
 

My 2nd great grandfather (Solomon Hochstein) and my 3rd great grandfather (Jacob Hirsch), both from New Orleans, served in the European Brigade, Louisiana Volunteers.

The National Parks Service maintains a website where the National Archives Records of Civil War Soldiers are searchable by name and state:  https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm.  This will give you the regiment and rank for each soldier. e.g.,

Hirsch, J.

 There is a link on that page if you want to order individual records for individual soldiers through the National Archives and Records Administration.  For Louisiana, the NARA Records are in Microfilm Roll M378.

If you can get access to Ancestry.com's subsidiary Fold3, the actual microfilm records of the individual's service record are there and searchable.  

Happy hunting!

Allan M. Huss


Marian Merritt
 

Hello,

My husband's great-grandfather John Merritt fought for the Confederate Army in a Louisiana Regiment, Company D, 3rd Louisiana Infantry. I purchased the book another member referenced, called The Business of Jews in Louisiana 1840-1875. I didn't find much for my own genealogical work but if this work is of interest to anyone else, I have it listed on eBay for a nominal amount. It would be nice if it went to someone else who could benefit. 

I have another book I'm hanging onto which is a history of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry called "A Southern Record". But I'm happy to look anything up for a member. 

All the best, 
Marian Merritt
Los Angeles, CA
marianmerritt2@...


Emily Rosenberg
 

The first response to your post was from Ellen who suggested you could read some of the resources if you had a subscription to Gale Academic Onefile.  I suggest that some of the larger Mormon Family History centers might subscribe and you would always have easy access there. 
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Emily Rosenberg
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André Convers
 

one book on the subject.

Andre Convers
Lorient, France



Peggy Mosinger Freedman
 

I have a copy of Mel Young's book.  If you only need a couple of lookups, I will be glad to do it for you.
Please reply to me privately.
Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, GA