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Ulysses S. Grant to Andrew Johnson, March 16, 1866

Ulysses Simpson Grant, Brady image, detail
Famous former Confederate General George E. Pickett had been accused of the mass execution at Kinston, North Carolina of twenty-two Union soldiers suspected of deserting the Confederate Army. A board of inquiry had recently backed this finding of war crimes and Pickett, living in Canada, contacted his old friend U.S. Grant seeking help. Grant wrote to the President on his behalf and ordered that his arrest be only made on Johnson's or Secretary Stanton's express orders. Pickett was never arrested or charged but Grant faced heated questioning over the matter before the House Committee on the Judiciary in July 1867, during President Johnson's impeachment process. (By John Osborne)

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