Jewish Women on the Map - Ship Island
Eugenia Levy Phillips was, like many Southern Jews during the Civil War, a strong supporter of the Confederate cause. The Union army won control of New Orleans in early 1862, and Phillips was arrested in May after laughing during a funeral procession for a Union soldier. Although she maintained that she had been laughing at her children's antics and meant no disrespect, she was imprisoned with other Confederates on Ship's Island, Mississippi. She defiantly told her husband not to intervene on her behalf, but he nonetheless secured her release several months later. The family moved to Georgia, where Phillips apparently toned down her outspoken support for the Confederacy, though without ever recanting her position.
Learn more about Eugenia Levy Phillips in This Week in History
Photo: Ship Island original 1853 lighthouse. This photo is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a Work of the United States Government work, the image is in the public domain.