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Headquarters, A. N. Va., April 2, 1863.
M. J. Michelbacher, Minister of Hebrew Congregation, Richmond, Virginia:
Sir: It will give me pleasure to comply with the request contained in your letter of the 30th ult., as far as the public interest will permit. But, I think it more than probable that the army will be engaged in active operations, when, of course, no one would wish to be absent from its ranks, nor could they in that event be spared. The reports from all quarters show that General Hooker's army is prepared to cross the Rappahannock, and only awaits favorable weather and roads.

The sentence in the case of Isaac Arnoldh as been suspended until the decision of the President shall be known. Thanking you very sincerely for your good wishes in behalf of our country,

I remain, with great respect,

Your obedient servant,


Headquarters, A. N. Va., September 20, 1864.
Rev. M. J. Michelbacher, Richmond:
Sir: I have received your letter of the 15th inst., asking that furloughs may be granted to the Israelites in the army from September 30 to October 11, to enable them to repair to Richmond to observe the holy days appointed by the Jewish religion.

It would afford me much pleasure to comply with your request did the interests of the service permit, but it is impossible to grant a general furlough to one class of our soldiers without recognizing the claims of others to a like indulgence. I can only grant furloughs on applications setting forth special grounds for them, or in accordance with the general orders on that subject applicable to all the army alike.

I will gladly do all in my power to facilitate the observance of the duties of their religion by the Israelites in the army, and I will allow them every indulgence consistent with safety and discipline. If their applications be forwarded to me in the usual way, and it appears that they can be spared, I will be glad to approve as many of them as circumstances will permit. Accept my thanks for your kind wishes for myself, and believe me to be, with great respect,

Your obedient servant,


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