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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 5: the State House. (search)
row, a Republican officer, is travelling through the country, and reporting on affairs to General Sherman. Morrow reports, according to his observation, that the South is loyal to the Union, but opposed to scalawags and carpet-baggers. The Republican majority in Congress, scared by the November elections, have appointed a committee to visit New Orleans and look into the state of things. Three members of this committee, Foster of Ohio, a Republican, Phelps of New Jersey, a Republican, and Potter of New York, a Democrat, are in the city taking evidence, and the two Republicans hardly hide their agreement with the Democrat, that the attempt to govern through the aid of Federal soldiery is the cause of all the disorder seen about the Gulf. With critics so unfriendly to disarm, it is Kellogg's policy to seek some safe and legal ground; but where in Louisiana can intruders like Kellogg find that safe and legal ground? McEnery is not only stronger in votes but in repute and training.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 6: invasion! (search)
of the Gulf. No one is allowed to enter St. Louis Street except the orderlies, nor is anyone allowed to pass the sentries in Royal Street, except reporters for the press, officers on duty, and members of the House provided with certificates. Potter, of the congressional sub-committee, presents his card, and is refused admission to the State House. McEnery and Wiltz, anxious to have witnesses of the scene, invite Foster and Phelps, as well as Potter, to attend the opening of the assembly. Potter, to attend the opening of the assembly. The three members come together, but the sentries push them back. As chairman of the sub-committee, Foster sends for a superior officer, who, after an explanation, passes them on, but firmly declines to pass the gentlemen in their train. A little before twelve o'clock, the Conservatives march down Royal Street in a body, when the officer on duty asks to see their papers. Four of their number, having no certificates, are pushed aside, until their cases have been heard. The others pass throu
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 8: the Conservatives. (search)
overnment by Kellogg and Antoine cannot be put down.... The present State government cannot maintain itself in power a single hour without the protection of Federal troops. . . . The State government has not the confidence and respect of any portion of the community. General Sherman has sent these warnings on to Washington, marked by him with the significant words- for the personal perusal of General Grant. What say the Sub-Committee? Foster of Ohio, and Phelps of New Jersey, agree with Potter of New York, in a Report to Congress, setting forth these five facts: First: that the late election was mainly a fair one; Second : that no unusual pressure was put on coloured voters; Third: that many of the Negroes wish to get rid of Kellogg; Fourth: that the Returning Board was unlawfully constituted and made false returns; Fifth: that the Assembly was transacting business when De Trobriand drove the Conservative Members out of their seats by force. A Report, embodying
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 11: the Rotunda. (search)
inchback, are forgotten in the fury now being vented on the great criminal at the White House. Impeachment is demanded in a thousand voices. Resignation is suggested, and in fact announced. The country seems aflame, the whole White family rallying to the defence of outraged law. Yesterday the President seemed resolved to back his lieutenant. He was asked by the Senate to state what is passing in New Orleans, and how he means to deal with matters; for the reports of Foster, Phelps, and Potter to Congress, clearing the White citizens of New Orleans, and charging disorder in the South on the military party, have created a profound excitement. When such party men as Foster and Phelps can find no word to say for their political friends, the cause is lost; yet President Grant was minded to go on, assume the burthen of events, and leave Sheridan free to take his course. He framed a Message to Congress in this sense. But beyond the War Office, where his adjutants fumed and smoked,