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Max Louis Rossvally

Max Louis Rossvally (1828?- Oct. 1892) was a surgeon in the United States Army in the Civil War, who converted to Christianity from Judaism, and became an effective evangelist among American Jewish communities. The story of his conversion during the war is told in his The Drummer Boy’s Prayer, in which he recounts how one Charlie Coulson witnessed to him on his deathbed after multiple amputations, leading him to seriously consider the claims of Christ. His writings and their reprinting in Australian journals such as Good News were a means for the continuation of Victorian sensibilities through American examples, and the common ownership of national myths such as 'the crucible of war'.