This chapter examines the motivations of Jews in the South for enlisting and serving in the Confederate cause during the Civil War. It first describes Jewish attitudes regarding slavery and secession before considering the animosity between southern Jews and New Englanders. It then discusses some of the reasons why southern Jews fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Letters, memoirs, and obituaries all reflect Jewish soldiers' main reasons for fighting: to do their duty, to protect their homeland, to protect southern rights and liberty and to support their comrades in arms once the war began. Jewish Confederates also had to disprove the notion that Jews were disloyal, unpatriotic, and cowardly.
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