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In Cleveland, Ohio, the Democratic-aligned Soldiers and Sailors Union, holds its first annual convention.

George Armstrong Custer, circa 1864, detail
09/17/1866 to 09/19/1866

The newly formed Soldiers and Sailors Union was designed as a Democratic-supporting veterans' group to counter the Republican-oriented Grand Army of the Republic. The Union held its first national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, with its famous head, Union cavalry hero George Armstrong Custer in the chair. The meeting largely backed all of President Johnson's reconstruction policies.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Garry Boulard, The Swing Around the Circle: Andrew Johnson and the Train Ride That Destroyed a Presidency (New York; IUniverse, 2008), 162.