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  1. Finally, some coverage in the mainstream media about General Order #11! I bet it would be a far better known incident if it were done by a Confederate. I’ve written a bit on it myself, being a bit of a Confederate sympathizer and an acquaintance of a proud descendant of one particular Jewish officer who served with honour in the Army of Northern Virginia.

    http://thesystemworks.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/ulysses-s-grant-jew-hater-and-slave-owner/

    “Grant later claimed he had signed the Order without reading it, but this is nonsense. General William Tecumseh Sherman… had written to Grant months before complaining ”the country will swarm with dishonest Jews” if an action like this was not taken. Grant also happened to issue orders in November 1862 banning rail and long-distance travel in general, but by “the Israelites especially,” because they were “such an intolerable nuisance”. Railroad conductors were told that “no Jews are to be permitted to travel on the railroad”.

    A Jewish cavalry officer in the Union Army, Captain Philip Trounstine, resigned his commission claiming carrying out such an order violated his conscience, and complained of the anti-Jewish taunts brought out by the Order in his fellow soldiers. Hatred of Jews in the Union had been endemic long beforehand, however, with Massachusetts politician and Major General in the Union Army Benjamin Butler claiming he would “suck the blood of every Jew, and …will detain every Jew as long as he can” when he took charge of Union-occupied areas of Louisiana. Northern newspapers frequently attacked Jewish traders for running the Southern blockade with fierce and hateful language though most of the blockade runners by far were not Jewish”.

  2. I never questioned the Union-good/Confederacy-bad view of history until listening to The Band singing ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ some years ago.

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