Moses, Felix


Moses, Felix
Moses, "Old Mose"
Born in 1827, Moses was a Jewish peddler who resided at the Southern Hotel in Florence. His business was listed in the 1883 Polk Directory as “Felix Moses and Co., fur dealers.” He once delivered a short but effective speech in Florence, mentioned in the 'Boone County Recorder', 27 Nov 1879, page 3, column 2.
Moses served with Morgan's Raiders, and was captured in Charleston (Tenn.) on 28 Dec 1863. He was sent to Louisville (Ky.) for a prisoner exchange, arriving at the military prison there on 14 Jan 1864. He was discharged on 17 Jan 1864, and sent to Rock Island Barracks (Ill.), where he arrived on 20 Jan 1864. He officially surrendered at Washington on 9 May 1865, and swore an oath of allegiance on 22 May 1865.
In March 1886, Moses' body was found in the Ohio River. Some believed it was suicide, though murder is also a possibility. He was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Moses was the subject of John Uri Lloyd's novel, 'Felix Moses, the Beloved Jew of Stringtown on the Pike: pages from the life experiences of a unique character'.
Moses family
Birth date
1 Jan 1827
Place of birth
Death date
28 Mar 1886
Place of death
Ohio River
Death and burial information
Walnut Hills United Jewish Cemetery (Evanston, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Military service
Co. G, 9th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry
9th Regiment, Kentucky Calvary
Held rank
Place of enlistment
Lexington (Ky.)
Service began
10 Sep 1863
Bibliographic citation(s), memorial #81168165
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
Ohio, U.S., Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958
U.S., IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 (Indiana: 1863, 1864; Kentucky: 1865, 1866)