"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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NEW ORLEANS, LA., August 3, 1866.
U. S. Grant, General, Washington, D.C.:
I have the honor to report quiet in the city, but considerable excitement in the public mind. There is no interference on the part of the military with the civil government, which performs all its duties without hindrance.
I have permitted the retention of the military governor appointed during my absence, as it gives confidence and enables the military to know what is occurring in the city. He does not interfere with civil matters.
Unless good judgment is exercised, there will be an exodus of northern capital and Union men which will be injurious to the city and to the whole country. I will remove the military governor in a day or two. I again strongly advise that some disposition be made to change the present mayor, as I believe it would do more to restore confidence than any thing that could be done. If the present Governor could be changed also, it would not be amiss.
P. H. SHERIDAN, Major-General Commanding.