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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:01 PM   #11
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I read a book on Jews in the Confederate military. It did say there were not many cavalry men or cavalry officers, because the rural southeners were good horsemen, and Jews were mostly urban.

The Surgeon General and Quartermaster General (Fort Myers, FL was named for him) of the Confederacy (both colonels) were Jewish, both stereotypical roles, as was a leading cabinet member. However, there were 9 Union generals and no Confederate generals.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 11:43 PM   #12

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I'd never heard anything about this, very interesting. You hear about "Buffalo soldiers", the 54th Mass, Irish brigade, etc. but never about other minorities. I found this that might be of interest, albeit dubious accuracy as the article says the 1st Penn Vol Cav were called Cameron's Dragoons, instead of the 5th, but according to Penn state records, the Camerons were designated 5th, although there's no mention of the regiment being Jewish.

http://www.jewish-history.com/civilwar/mmallen.htm
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