Happened to see this review of the book “When General Grant Expelled the Jews”, by Jonathan Sarna, (who oddly enough I went to college with).
The book tells the true, hardly-ever-been-told Passover-like story of Grant’s expulsion of the Jewish community of Paducah KY during the civil war, but what I really caught my eye is Grant’s reason for why it became a story in the first place. According to Grant the order:
“would never have been issued if it had not been telegraphed the moment it was penned, and without reflection.”
If he had only taken a moment and thought before hitting send…