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Andrew Johnson to Philip H. Sheridan, Washington, DC, August 4, 1866.

Andrew Johnson, detail

In the aftermath of the deadly New Orleans Riot, the Union Army's departmental commander, Major General Philip H. Sheridan, had reported his early descriptions of the events and his immediate recommendations to Army headquarters and General Grant.  He had placed full responsibility for the scores of casualties and deaths on the actions of the New Orleans police who he said acted "in a manner so unnecessary and atrocious as to compel me to say that it was murder." President Andrew Johnson urgently requested more details from his local general but in terms which seemed to indicate that the White House had heard a different account of events. Clearly worried at the resulting Republican backlash, Johnson especially asked Sheridan the extent of the innocence or guilt of the victims of the police during the violence. Sheridan immediately submitted via telegraph as requested a lengthy report on the happenings that largely confirmed his early communications.  (By John Osborne) 


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