That Obnoxious Order
Hundreds of angry letters, many from B’nai B’rith chapters, reached President Lincoln’s desk in late December. Cesar Kaskel of Paducah, Kentucky, led a Jewish delegation to meet with the President.
During the meeting, Kaskel explained how long-time residents of the Jewish community in Paducah, including two Union army veterans, were given just 24 hours to leave their homes. Lincoln wrote to General-in-Chief of the Army Henry Halleck to have General Orders No. 11 immediately rescinded.