Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Stars And Bars And The Star Of David

From The Richmond Times Dispatch:

"In general, people paint a broad brush about who the average Civil War soldier was. They see them as white, young men," said Andy Talkov, coordinator for the Virginia Historical Society's 150th anniversary exhibition, "An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia."
"It turns out that Jewish people were very much involved in their community in the war, as were all the other non-Jewish communities. That's kind of the biggest revelation about Jewish people in the Civil War. … There were Jewish people who were slaveholders. There were Jewish people who owned property. They threw their lot in with the Confederacy like many of their white neighbors did."
Hat Tip to the Old Virgina Blog.

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