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The Jewish 48'ers: in the American Civil War

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  • Brevet Major General Charles Sigmund Mundee (USA) (1824 - 1871)
    Major General (Brevet) who was wounded on 19th of October, 1864, the battle of Cedar Creek. Moved from Kansas to Tallahassee, Fl when he was appointed Register of Lands in Florida by President Andrew J...

The Jewish 48'ers: in the American Civil War

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Freedom Fighters were inspired by the social ideals of the American and French Revolutions to take on the Feudal Monarchies in uprisings across Europe in 1848. While these revolts were crushed and participants hounded, many found refuge and purpose in the United States.


  • Brevet Brigadier General Knefler has been known for a long time as the highest-ranking Jewish officers of the Union Army. However, during the research we found other Jewish brevet brigadiers as well such as Charles Mundee. Both Knefler and Mundee were 48'ers. Knefler who showed gallantry at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, is also known as one of the founding fathers of the first Jewish federation of Indianapolis.
  • Julius Stahel was an experienced officer who served as a lieutenant in 1848. He is a Medal of Honor recipient who showed extra ordinary gallantry at the Battle of Piedmont where he was wounded in action. "Led his division into action until he was severely wounded." Stahel's Jewishness cannot be confirmed for 100% sure but he was likely of Jewish roots.
  • Colonel Frederick G. Utassy was devoted to keep America's unity as he fought for freedom all through his life. Once his regiment was ready, he brought his brothers Karl and Anthony to fight alongside the Union. Karl served as a lieutenant and Anthony finished his service as a captain. The 39th New York Volunteers had many Jewish soldiers who predominantly came from Hungary and Germany and many were 48'ers.


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  • “ The Jewish 48’ers: in the American Civil War – Unearthing a forgotten heritage”
  • ”Jewish 48'ers in America.” American Jewish Archives. by BW KORN. (1948). Publications of the American .... 18 pages. PDF
  • Wittke, Carl. “The German Forty-Eighters in America: A Centennial Appraisal.” The American Historical Review, vol. 53, no. 4, 1948, pp. 711–725. JSTOR, Accessed 5 Mar. 2020.
  • ” Leadership in Social Networks: Evidence from the Forty-Eighters in the Civil War.” Christian Dippel, Stephan Heblich. July 25, 2019. PDF