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President Johnson relieves Fifth District military governor General Phil Sheridan of his duties.

Philip Henry Sheridan, engraving, detail
08/17/1867

Using the authority of the Military Reconstruction Act almost as soon as he had been appointed, Major-General Philip Sheridan, the military governor of the Fifth Military District, had acted swiftly to remove from office any Louisiana or Texas officials who he felt were obstructing reconstruction. By mid-1867, he had ousted scores of elected and appointed officials, including both the sitting governors of Louisiana and Texas.  Such ardor in pursuing reconstruction made Sheridan a hated target of national Democrats and soon after, on August 17, 1867, President Johnson removed Sheridan and replaced him with Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock, a Democrat. Sheridan's removal was protested strongly in the North and Republicans feted him wherever he traveled in the North. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Joseph G. Dawson III, Army Generals and Reconstruction: Louisiana 1862-1877 (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1982), 57.

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