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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Dave M Wrote: May 14, 2012 12:30 AM
Jeff- was there a point to this aside from a historical curiosity? It says much about Grant that he never tried to defend it -either when Lincoln rescinded (or rather ordered the CIC to rescind it)- or afterwards. He apparently considered it a monumental dumb act himself almost immediately. btw- it appears that politics hasn't changed in 140+ years.
Dave M Wrote: May 14, 2012 1:21 PM
Given the resulting posts- and relatively few trolls I will rescind my comments.

IN DECEMBER 1862, from his military headquarters in Mississippi, Major General Ulysses S. Grant issued a directive expelling "Jews as a class" from the immense war zone known as the Department of the Tennessee. General Orders No. 11 was the most notorious anti-Jewish edict ever issued by an official of the US government, and it was overruled by the commander-in-chief -- President Abraham Lincoln -- as soon as he learned of it in Washington.

Notwithstanding its sweeping terms, the order turned out to have little immediate impact on the thousands of Jews living in the area under Grant's command. Only about...