and strengthened by Grant
, although the rebels appealed to the President
, and received all the aid and comfort he dared to give them.
's firm and loyal conduct gave great satisfaction to the people of the North
, except to those who were ready to join hands with the rebels against Congress.
But it was due to Grant
's firmness and fidelity to the principles which had triumphed over rebellion, that the army was not at New Orleans and elsewhere at the South
actually ranged on the side of the rebels against loyal men.
Soon after the New Orleans riot the President
made his notable and notorious tour to the tomb of Douglas
; and in order to create as much popular enthusiasm as possible, he invited, in the form of a command, General Grant
and Admiral Farragut
to join the presidential party.
His course on that journey, “swinging round the circle,” and making vulgar, undignified, and seditious speeches, must have disgusted these two patriotic veterans.
Their presence served to bring out vast crowds, whose cheers the President
was conceited enough to imagine were tributes to himself.
But on more than one occasion it was made evident that the crowd came to cheer Grant
, and not Johnson
,--the heroes who had conquered the rebels, and not the renegade who sought to restore them to power.
modestly acknowledged the honors offered him, but made no speeches, knowing that silence, after Johnson
's tirades, was more eloquent and becoming than words.
Notwithstanding Secretary Seward
's repeated insinuations that Grant
supported and approved Johnson
's policy, and his declaration that “General Grant