Philip H. Sheridan to Ulysses S. Grant, New Orleans, August 2, 1866.

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    "Louisiana," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 456.

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    John Osborne, Dickinson College
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    NEW ORLEANS, LA., August 2, 1866. 
    U. S. Grant, General, Washington, D. C.:
    The more information I obtain of the affair of the 30th, in this city, the more revolting it becomes. It was no riot; it was an absolute massacre by the police, which was not excelled in murderous cruelty by that of Fort Pillow. It was a murder which the Mayor and police of the city perpetrated without the shadow of a necessity; furthermore, I behave it was premeditated, and every indication points to this. I recommend the removing of this bad man. I believe it would be hailed with the sincerest gratification of two-thirds of the population of the city. There has been a feeling of insecurity on the part of the people here on account of this man, which is now so much increased that the safety of life and property does not rest with the civil authorities, but with the military. 
    P. H. SHERIDAN, Major-General Commanding.

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