The day before, a group of former Confederate officers preparing for a "Convention of Southern Soldiers" in Memphis, Tennessee, had sent a fraternal and conciliatory message to the mass meeting of Union veterans then gathered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Convention was a meeting of former federal servicemen who largely supported the conciliatory policies of President Johnson and the Democratic Party. Sensing an opportunity for fraternity and a restoration of political rights for the former Confederacy, the former secessionist soldiers had made it clear that they trusted this Cleveland gathering to speak for their own future as well as the veterans of the North and in return they pledged loyalty to the United States and "security of life, person, and property, and freedom of speech and opinion to all." The reply of former Union General Gordon Granger and other signatories gave a guarded but general reception to these sentiments, welcoming "every effort to restore peace, prosperity, and brotherly affection throughout our entire country." This "fraternizing" with men like the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest and other recent rebels did little to raise Northern public opinion in favor of the new veterans' group, however. (By John Osborne)
Gordon Granger, et al, to Nathan Bedford Forrest, et al., September 18, 1866, Cleveland, Ohio.
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