17 December 2014

Grant ordered Jews out of his military district

It was this day in 1862 that Major-General Ulysses S. Grant issued his controversial General Order No. 11. It was this order that called for the expulsion of Jews in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. That is, he ordered the Jewish people to vacate his military district.  

“The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order,” read the Order. 

Word of the Order traveled slow. Cesar Kaskel, a Jewish gentleman from Paducah, KY, made haste to Washington and pleaded personally to President Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln learned of this Order, he immediately ordered it repealed.


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events. I will make every effort to keep events localized to that of my research or research I am conducting for others. However, from time to time, it will simply be a subject that captured my attention.
Some posts will be brief while others may be more detailed.

Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.