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Jewish Women in the Military

’ Poor child! She little knew that bars and bolts are no protection against despotism. … Knowing that my letters written to her while at New Orleans, in which I spared neither Lincoln nor his advisers, were among her ‘preserves,’ I declared that in omitting to destroy then when she had the opportunity she would prove my ‘assassin’” (Journal Of 2).

The persecution of Jews in the South occurred as did the persecution of others who were loyal to the Confederacy. Possessions were seized, papers confiscated, and houses were ransacked before leaving them occupied by military forces after any valuable loot was carried off. Mrs. Levy Phillips’ home was occupied by such forces wielding bayonets and spying for the North. Like the Jews would experience in Nazi Germany a century later, so fear, anger, and helplessness were a part of the Jewish woman’s experience who remained loyal to the Confederacy. As Mrs. Levy Phillips comments “We asked ourselves over and over again what crime we had committed that we were thus treated. What charges were made against us? Who had made them? But no answer. Fears as to the future thronged thickly upon us, and Phillip packed his trunk and made such arrangements for our young children as he could, expecting every hour of each night to be called from his bed, for transportation to Fort Lafayette, the American Bastille!” (Journal Of 3).

Eugenia Levy Phillips was the sister of Phoebe Yates Levy Pember. Mrs. Levy Pember authored A Southern Woman’s Story. In that work she exhibits no hesitation in accusing the North of tactics not much above those her ancestors would levy at the Nazi’s. Mrs. Levy Pember worked as a nurse and functioned in whatever capacity she was able in order to help the Southern cause. However, she often found herself in dangerous and difficult situations where character more than anything else was the resource that would help save the day. We see this in...

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