Monday, September 17, 2007

General Order № 11

A small bit of history to make you think. We have all heard of General Grant, but few have heard of General Order No.11 issued in 1862. Seems a black market had grown in the war torn states. To fight this black market the general issued an order with this part included.

General Order No. 11 decreed as follows:

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 of the Tennessee," an administrative district of the Union Army of occupation composed of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi,] within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order.

Post commanders will see to it that all of this class of people be furnished passes and required to leave, and any one returning after such notification will be arrested and held in confinement until an opportunity occurs of sending them out as prisoners, unless furnished with permit from headquarters. No passes will be given these people to visit headquarters for the purpose of making personal application of trade permits.
General Grant issued an order that all Jews in the areas controlled by the Federals in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky were to be forced out.

When Abraham Lincoln found out he ordered Grant to revoke the decree.

The civil war was a most unusual time in our nations history

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