On this date in History ..... 1862:
General Grant expels
Jews from territory for war profiteering on cotton.
As Grant worked his
way through the South, speculators followed him through the captured territories,
buying up cotton at rock bottom prices and selling it for a high profit in the
North where cotton was badly needed. When Grant’s father came down for a visit
and brought some Ohio friends with him, Grant realized the friends, who were
Jewish, were speculators and was livid at the profiteering. He issued his famous Order #11, banning all
Jews from the territory.
The uproar was
swift and loud. Lincoln ordered Grant to
rescind the order immediately.