red negroes, with fire-arms, clubs, and knives, in a manner so unnecessary and atrocious as to compel me to say it was murder.
Against this garbling of my report-done by the President's own order — I strongly demurred; and this emphatic protest marks the beginning of Mr. Johnson's well-known personal hostility toward me. In the mean time I received (on August 3) the following despatch from General Grant approving my course:
headquarters armies of the United States, war Deft., Washington, D. C., August 3, 1866-5 P. M. Major-General P. H. Sheridan, Commanding Mil. Div. of the Gulf, New Orleans, La.
Continue to enforce martial law, so far as may be necessary to preserve the peace; and do not allow any of the civil authorities to act, if you deem such action dangerous to the public safety.
Lose no time in investigating and reporting the causes that led to the riot, and the facts which occurred.
U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General.
In obedience to the President's direction