|Isaac J. Levy, 46th Virginia Infantry, was 21
years old when he was killed at the Battle of Petersburg. His parents, Jacob and
Martha Levy of Richmond, put this matzevah (tombstone) over his grave
at Shockoe Hill.
Translation of Hebrew inscription:
וארח צדיקים כאור נגה הולך ואור ער נכון היום
In Memory of Isaac
"Gusta brought me the sad news of the death of Isaac Levy, a fine young soldier, killed in the trenches near Petersburg. He & his brother Ezekiel Levy have observed their religion faithfully, ever since they have been in the army, never even eating forbidden food. He leaves a devoted father & mother brothers & sisters to mourn his loss." Emma Mordecai, diary, Aug. 24, 1864.
"Went to see Mrs. Levy whose son Isaac was killed
near Petersbg. on Sunday 21st. Was greatly
interested in my visit to the family. Isaac was an
example to all young men of any faith--to those of
his own most especially. A true Israelite without
guile--a soldier of the Lord & a soldier of the
South. A noble patriot. His parents & sisters mourn
for him as those mourn who while full of love, are
also full of Faith and Hope and submission. If all
our people were like that family, we would already
arise & shine for our light would have come."
Emma Mordecai, diary, Aug. 30, 1864.