Re: [civilwarwest] American Jewry in the Civil War..
If you can, please do scan those pages for me. I can use all of the material
I can get. Yes, I know, both North and South were extrememly anti-semitic at
the time. One of the things that intreague me is the fact that in spite of
this the Jewish Community of both sides made significant contributions to
the war effort
I think that it is a matter of degrees. While the United States was
anti-semitic in that era to a great extent, it was not as anti-semitic as
the places that most Jews immigrated from, and by token of this comparrison,
adn the ability for them to literally start over and build a new life, they
were extremely loyal to their regions, if not the country as a whole (like
all others of the time).
I also think, from looking at the individuals involved, men such as
Benjamin, that in spite of anti-semitism a grudging respect and even
admiration were the order of the day, simply based on these men's
achievements and obvious ability. Benjamin was well thought of in his home
district in Louisiana and by Jefferson Davis as well as others in the
Confederate govrnment. The sense of "other" was expressed mostly, as is
usual, by those who had never been around any Jews, and relied on the
"popular myth" for their information.
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Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 4:35 AM
Subject: [civilwarwest] American Jewry in the Civil War..
> I found the book lurking in my basement on the shelf with all the
> old Civil War books a friend gave me while cleaning out his basement,
> For Jim:
> There are a few pages on Judah Benjamin,on how people in the North
> felt about him and how people in the South felt about him...not too
> flattering..as a matter of fact, in just reading a little of the
> book, the Jews were not very liked much in Civil War times but they
> did find a great friend in Abe Lincoln. The book contains letters
> from several Jewish citizens to Mr. Lincoln and his letters in
> Looks like an interesting book, that I may read sometimes and it is
> in great shape except for making me sneeze...been in basements too
> long...anyway if you want me to try and scan the pages on Benjamin,
> let me know. The only thing I am headed to East Tennesse tomorrow
> for work and won't return home until Friday.
> For Everyone else: In checking the rest of my forgotten treasure I
> found the following Civul War books:
> " The Crisis" by Winston Churchill
> "A Witness to Appomattox", Never Call Retreat", "This Hallowed
> Ground", "Mr. Lincoln's Army" and "Terrible Swift sword" all by
> Bruce Catton
> "General Lee" by Fitzhugh Lee(in bad shape)
> "StoneWall Jackson" by FGR Henderson
> Plus a ton of other goodies including a 1961 "Great battles of the
> Civil war" by the Editors of Life magazine
> I need to clean up more often
> Kindest Reagrds,
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- In addition, the Ammens lived up on the square in Georgetown and Jake got Grant interested in going to college. And becoming a math professor.Take care,
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
From: Martin Williams [mailto:williams484@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Political generalsJacob Ammen graduated from West Point in 1831, was assigned to the Artillery, and resigned from the Army in 1837. For much of that time he was detailed to West Point as a math instructor. As such, he arranged for his younger brother Daniel to sit in on some classes to prepare for the midshipman's entrance examination in the Navy (Daniel finished up as a rear admiral). Jacob spent must of his civilian career before the war as a college professor and the rest of it as a civil engineer.Federal generals who had first been Army officers and then politicians included Fremont, Ryan, Stevens and Dix. The only Rebel I can think of at the moment who was in the same situation was Withers.----- Original Message -----From: John BeattySent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 7:12 AMSubject: [civilwarwest] Political generalsTheres a new work, "War Within the Union High Command"
by Thomas Goss that discusses political generals in
some detail. The crux of his thesis is that political
generals were excellent at enhancing enlistment and
keeping up the faith to the folks at home, but most
were less than stellar. Interestingly, he also shows
that some knew their limitations.
Jacob Amman, a childhood freind of Grant, was also
politically appointed without military training, as
were all but one of his division commanders at Shiloh.
But then again, Grant owed his commission to Elihu
Wasburne, not to a steady sucession in rank. To say
that Grant was "bigoted" against political generals is
thus ridiculous, since practically all of them were
politically appointed. He did have a problem,
however, with incompetence.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
"History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"
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