- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - An Oxford resident has asked Lafayette County supervisors to consider preserving a site being considered for a new jail because of its just discovered importance to both Civil War history and Jewish history.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1aswScU) that Asher Reese told supervisors this week that the property was the headquarters of Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant while he was in Oxford in December of 1862.

Reese says Grant was living in the home when, on Dec. 17, 1862, he issued Order No. 11, which Reese says was the first and only time when American Jews were expelled from their homes. He says Grant later rescinded the order.

Reese, who is Jewish, says he hopes the property can be saved for a Jewish family center.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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