General Order No. 11 decreed as follows: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.
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.
When Abraham Lincoln found out he ordered Grant to revoke the decree.
The civil war was a most unusual time in our nations history