Chris Dobeck from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site discusses the experiences of Jewish Americans at the time of the Civil War during a talk we hosted earlier this month. In addition to their roles in the military, Jewish Americans also served in the political leadership in both the Union and Confederacy. Dobeck highlights the experiences of both the Salomon family for the Union and Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, April 13. The topic will be Appomattox and its prelude. The talk is free to attend and open to all. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including: