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Day - 4 Confederate Heritage Month Minute
By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Confederate Jewish Cemetery in Richmond

In Richmond, Virginia there is a cemetery to the brave war dead. It is called the only Jewish military cemetery in the world outside the state of Israel. The cemetery is located at Richmond's Shockroe Hill. Here lies the remains of Jewish soldiers who fought for the Confederacy.

A plaque was erected here by the Hebrew Ladies Memorial Association, whose organization was organized in 1866, and lists the names of the soldiers buried here. The inscription reads:

"To the glory of God and in memory of The Hebrew Confederate Soldiers resting in this hallowed spot."

It is estimated that 15,000 Jewish men fought for the Confederacy, including, Moses J. Ezekiel who also was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to sculpture the Confederate monument at Arlington National Cemetery. Judah P. Benjamin, a Jewish American, also served under Jefferson Davis as Confederate Secretary of State and Secretary of War.

By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.,
Chairman,
Confederate History and Heritage Month Committee
Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.

 
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