The Blue & the Gray

Introduction

It is quite common for Jewish soldiers belonging to the same company, to meet together for worship on Sabbath, in some secluded spot... where the noise of the camp cannot penetrate...

- A Jewish Soldier, “Jews in the Union Army,” The Jewish Messenger

 

Jewish soldiers from across the nation fought on both sides of the Civil War, and helped the war effort in many other ways. Residents of the Washington area joined both the Union and Confederate armies. Other soldiers recuperated in area hospitals after being injured on the nearby battlefields. When the war ended, many of the veterans stayed, making Washington their home.