condition of the country had made it possible that such a war could be waged for such a cause and against a people so helpless and unoffending.
The real purpose of the war of 1867 was to secure a presidential election.
The immobility of President Johnson, like a rock in the sea, had caused a reactionary movement among the people to save the Constitution as well as the Union.
Those who wanted the Union without the Constitution — who wanted an oligarchy instead of a republic—at once discerhe State governments, and marshalled an army to enforce the movement.
It was the right of local self-government in the States that stood in the way of the marplots who intended to control the presidency at every hazard.
The encounter with Andrew Johnson caused them to dread a President who regarded his oath to support the Constitution, and they intended that nothing should be left to chance in the election of his successor.
This purpose could only be accomplished by taking the government of