Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Chapman Abraham / Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War
During the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the British took Canada from France and with it possession of French forts in the western Great Lakes region, including Detroit. The post remained an important center of trade between the British and Native Americans. British trader Chapman Abraham (c. 1723-1783) arrived in Detroit around 1762. Abraham helped to supply British soldiers during the war as a partner of Fort Michilimackinac commissaries Levi Solomons, Ezekiel Solomon, Gershon Levi, and Benjamin Lyon. In 1763 he was captured and then released by Indians at Detroit. By 1767 Abraham was a merchant engaged in the fur trade who owned property within the fortified town of Detroit. He is considered Detroit's first Jewish resident.
Jewish settlement in Michigan began with Ezekiel Solomon's arrival at Fort Michilimackinac in 1761. The following year Chapman Abraham arrived in Detroit. During the mid-nineteenth century Jewish immigration began to rise, particularly in Detroit. Some 150 Jewish families lived in Michigan by the time the Civil War began in 1861. The small population, made up mostly of recent immigrants, contributed an unusually high number of men to the Union army. One
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0687.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 20.012′ N, 83° 1.432′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Atwater Street south of St. Aubin Street. Touch for map. This marker is in the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor along the sidewalk east of the harbor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit MI 48207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Black Presence in Detroit (a few steps from this marker); Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Wetherill Stroh (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. John's Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); First Michigan Colored Regiment The Battle of Bloody Run (approx. ¾ mile away); Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hull's Landing 1812 (approx. 0.8 miles away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, French and Indian • War, US Civil •
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