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    General Philip Sheridan: Documents Pertaining To Reconstruction. Three documents pertaining to the time Sheridan spent in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas during reconstruction. During the Grant administration, while Sheridan was assigned to duty in the West, he was sent to Louisiana on two additional occasions to deal with problems that lingered in Reconstruction. In January 1875, federal troops intervened in the Louisiana Legislature following attempts by the Democrats to seize control of disputed seats. Sheridan supported Republican Governor William P. Kellogg, winner of the 1872 state election, and declared that the Democratic opponents of the Republican regime who used violence to overcome legitimate electoral results were "banditti" who should be subjected to military tribunals and loss of their habeas corpus rights. The Grant administration backed down after an enormous public outcry. A headline in the New York World newspaper shrieked "Tyranny! A Sovereign State Murdered!" The first two pieces contain a letter from Governor Adelbert Ames of Mississippi congratulating Sheridan on a resolution passed by the state. The resolution reads in part "...That the action of Lient General Philip Sheridan since assuming control of the States of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as part of the Military District of Missouri, has been such as should meet with the approval of all law-abiding and peace loving citizens in the land....".Dated January 12, 1875, and approved by the Governor. The third document, being an Autograph Letter Signed by Illinois Governor John L. Beveridge expresses his support of his actions in those states. Dated January 20, 1875, in part "In this hour of trial I wish to give you one word of cheer. You have been viciously and mercilessly abused, maligned and cursed, by saint and sinner, Senator and Bishop....."...."You have the support and sympathy of the Congress, Senate, law abiding people of the nation. Your acts were approved by mankind, when the apologists for White Leagues and the Ku Klux crimes will be branded as accomplices....". A fine archive relating to a tumultuous time in our countries history.

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