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
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.,
Confederate History and Heritage Month Committee
Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.