President Johnson dismisses his critic, Jane Grey Swisshelm, from her War Department job
Jane Swisshelm, the veteran abolitionist and women's rights journalist and editor, had been engaged as a government clerk by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, who was an admirer of her work as a wartime nurse. This did not curtail her journalism, however, and she had opened a new journal, The Reconstructionist. Her written criticism of President Johnson proved too much and Johnson had her dismissed from her government clerkship on this day. (By John Osborne)
Sylvia Hoffert, Jane Grey Swisshelm: A Unconventional Life, 1815-1884 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), 231n.
"Mrs. Swisshelm Guillotined," Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1866, p. 2.