The Shapell Manuscript Foundation and the Columbus Jewish Historical Society invite you to join us as we share soldier stories from the Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War with a connection to Ohio.
You'll learn about an active veteran from Columbus with no service records; a runaway who joins the Navy; and the troubled, too-short life of a heroic soldier. We'll discuss the difference between Simon Wolf's methodology and ours; what we've discovered about the six Civil War soldiers buried in the Veterans Memorial section of Walnut Hills Jewish Cemetery in Evanston; and our latest statistics about Jewish service in the Civil War from Ohio. Have your questions and comments ready for the Q&A at the end!
Founded in 1981, CJHS was created to collect important documents, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts related to the 180 years of permanent Jewish settlement in the region and to organize, preserve, and disseminate our history to future generations. Toward the goal of disseminating our history, CJHS organizes and sponsors programs throughout the year on local history and genealogy, and regularly partners with area synagogues and other history organizations to preserve and promote Central Ohio’s Jewish heritage.
Since 2009, Shapell Manuscript Foundation researchers have unearthed a treasure trove of information on Union and Confederate Jews during the Civil War era, bringing to light a buried record of the Jewish-immigrant experience and American patriotism. The records include detailed military history, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, diaries, and more. The body of research is amassed from hundreds of primary and secondary sources, along with contributions from descendants, historians, and genealogists. The result is the first-ever comprehensive data archive on this topic and, once released, will impact the scholarship on Jews in America in the 19th Century.