Summary

Author, Jean Powers Soman, has leveraged her knowledge to delve into her family history, discovering two distinguished ancestors, both of whom boast German-Jewish heritage. Her great-great-grandfather, Colonel Marcus Spiegel, fought during the Civil War as a soldier in the Union Army. Ms. Soman began investigating the colonel as an undergraduate history major and continued to reserach his life after college graduation. In 1985, after many years of hard work on this project, Your True Marcus: The Civil War Letters of a Jewish Colonel, was published. Currently in print from the University of Nebraska Press, the book is now available under the title, A Jewish Colonel in the Civil War: Marcus M. Spiegel of the Ohio Volunteers. Recently, Jean Soman has focused her research efforts on Samuel G. Alschuler, her great-grandfather and a photographer for President Abraham Lincoln in Illinois. Shortly before Lincoln entered the White House, Alschuler captured the first image of him growing his legendary beard.

Work History

Work History
Jan 1985 - Present

Author

Self Employed

Education

Education
Jun 1967 - Jun 1971

Bachelors of Arts

University of Miami