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FREIHEIM, J. B.:

American lawyer and soldier; born in Bavaria 1848; died at Camden, Ark., Aug. 22, 1899. Freiheim was an early Jewish resident of Louisiana, where he was reared. He studied at the Louisiana State Military Academy, and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted in the Confederate army. He served in Company F, Twelfth Louisiana Infantry, throughout the struggle. At Franklin, Tenn., he led his company—he had been promoted to sergeant—after every commissioned officer had been killed.

At the close of the war Freiheim returned to Louisiana, and later settled in Arkansas. Although not twenty-one years of age, he was admitted to the bar and began to practise law at Camden, Ark., where he resided for the rest of his life. In later years he was register of the local land-office of the United States.

Bibliography:
  • The Jewish Messenger (New York), Sept. 8, 1899, p. 3:
  • Simon Wolf, The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier, and Citizen, p. 191, Philadelphia, 1895.
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