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Maj. Gen. Frederick Salomon

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Major General Frederick Salomon:
A Hero of the Civil War

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Major General Frederick Salomon was a hero of the Union Army in the Civil War. He was in many battles against the Confederate Army.

He was born on April 7, 1826, Strobeck, Saxony. After graduating from a gymnasium, he worked as a surveyor for the government. He entered the army and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the artillery. He decided to become an architect and in 1848, he became a pupil of the Berlin School of architecture.

Due to the unrest in Saxony, he immigrated to the United States and lived in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Salomon worked as a surveyor until he was appointed as the county register of deeds. He worked here for four years, when he in 1857, he was hired as the engineer on the railroad.

When the Civil War started, in 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army as a volunteer. He was commissioned as a captain in the 5th Missouri Volunteers. After his three months enlistment expired, he was appointed as a colonel in the 9th Wisconsin Infantry. On June 16, 1862, he was promoted to a brigadier general and was assigned to command a brigade.

Salomon made an unsuccessful attempt to capture Newtonia, Missouri. His unit was in battle with the Confederate Army to defend Helena, Jenkins Ferry.

He served through to the end of the Civil War and prior to his discharge, on August 25, 1865, he received the brevet of major general, in March 1865.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he became the surveyor-general of the Utah and Missouri Territory. He died on April 7, 1897, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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