Jewish Soldiers from Illinois
These images depict Jewish American citizens who served in Illinois regiments during the Civil War. (source: Wolf, Simon. The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen, 1895).
Copy print of Joseph Meyers, a married farmer from Morrison, Whiteside County, Illinois. Having served in the 34th Illinois Infantry, Company B, he transferred to the Invalid Corps on April 28, 1864 in Chicago.
Noah E. Mendell of the 7th Illinois Infantry, Company I, was the first soldier from Sangamon County to be killed. The 23-year-old served less than seven months when killed at the Battle of Fort Donelsen, Kentucky.
Cabinet card of Alexander Daniels, an engineer from Germany who enlisted in the 65th Illinois Infantry, Company C. When he died at the age of 91, the Woman's Relief Corps was in charge of his funeral in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. As there was probably no synagogue in the small rural town, ministers from the Christian and Presbyterian churches spoke at his services.