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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 22: prisoners.-benevolent operations during the War.--readjustment of National affairs.--conclusion. (search)
willing to take issue, upon vital points of principle and policy, with the party which had carried the country triumphantly through the great Civil War, and had given him the second office in the Republic. So early as August, or about four months after his accession to the Presidency, Mr. Johnson manifested an unfriendly feeling toward the most earnest men of the Republican party, and who had been most zealous. supporters of the Government during the war. In a telegraphic dispatch to Mr. Sharkey, whom lie had appointed Provisional Governor of Mississippi, he recommended Aug. 15. the extension of the elective franchise to all persons of color in that State who could read the National Constitution, 00 possessed property valued at $250. This would affect but very few people of that class, who, in that State, were kept enslaved and poor by the laws. His sole motive for the recommendation, as appears in the dispatch, was expressed in these words: Do this, and as a consequence, the r