Washington's Jewish Community & The Civil War

Washington's Jewish Community & The Civil War

A surprising number of Jews participated in the Civil War on both sides, as cabinet members, spies, and foot soldiers. We explore some of the colorful personalities and dramatic stories of the time.

The Civil War brings to mind many images - generals on horseback, gray and blue uniforms, dueling flags - but what about rabbis, synagogues and Jewish soldiers? A surprising number of Jews participated in the war on both sides, as cabinet members, spies, and foot soldiers. Washington's Jewish population grew tenfold during the war, and a number of colorful personalities made their mark on American history here. We explore some of the lesser-known Civil War stories.

Guests

Wendy Turman

historian and archivist, Jewish Historical Society of Washington

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