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"I Prayed and Sung in Every Tent": Israel F. Silvers, U.S. Christian Commission Delegate from New Jersey

Fernanda H. Perrone


Perrone explores the newest additions to Rutgers’ Civil War manuscript collections: two United StatesChristian Commission diaries and related documents of Israel F. Silvers (1832–1864) of Pennington,New Jersey, which were donated to Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers UniversityLibraries by Israel Silvers’ descendants in 2014. Despite its importance to the Northern war effort, only a few studies have been done of the Christian Commission, and almost nothing has been written on the Christian Commission in New Jersey or about New Jersey delegates. The acquisition of the Israel Silvers collection will make a small contribution towards filling these gaps.

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