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New Information on George Samuels

Posted By on June 20, 2014

Thanks to shared information that was reported on this blog and posted on Ancestry.com, additional information has been obtained about George Samuels (1841-1914), who served as a Private in Company B of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

In a post entitled, Who Was George Samuels?, all the known information about him was presented and several questions were posed.  Similar information was compiled and posted on Ancestry.com.

In a message sent through the Ancestry.com system, Adrienne Usher, Researcher for the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, wrote:

We got the name of a George Samuels from the Hebrew Union Veterans Association (HUVA) minutes book. We didn’t have a regiment or anything else to go on until I received a photo of tombstone in Bayside Cemetery in Queens, NY this morning. The death date on the tombstone led me to your George Samuels.

For the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation is updating Simon Wolf‘s listing of Jewish-American Civil War Soldiers.  In 2011, in a post entitled, Jewish-American U.S. Civil War Veterans, the Simon Wolf listing was discussed with the need to need to update it clearly expressed.  The Shapell Foundation expects to publish that updated listing in 2015.  Their project is described at:  About the Shapell Roster.  Note:  For a free GoogleBooks download of Simon Wolf‘s work, click on title: The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen.

The photo of the grave marker (top of post) is available on Findagrave, but finding the name of someone named Samuels in a cemetery in the New York area where he died is like finding a needle in a haystack.  Now it it known that George Samuels is buried in Bayside Cemetery, Queens County, New York.  It is clearly the same person who has been included in the Civil War Research Project as having a connection to the Lykens Valley area – and the same person who is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument.  The grave marker confirms that George Samuels was a Jewish-American.

Adrienne Usher is also researching the story of a Civil War flag that George Samuels presented to the Hebrew Union Veterans Association (HUVA) in 1897.  In accepting the flag, the HUVA authorized the procurement of a flag pole to display it.  Anyone knowing the origins of this flag can contact Adrienne directly by e-mail.

Further information on Pennsylvania Civil War Flags can be obtained at the website for the Capitol Preservation Committee.


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