State militia, mainly a Negro army, under General Longstreet
was a carpet-bagger, sure to stand by Kellogg
while his fortunes were upheld by President Grant
, the famous soldier, was uncertain.
In a question of disputed powers, where neither party had the sanction of Congress, Longstreet
might see his duty in standing aside, while the voters who had chosen McEnery
settled with the voters who had chosen Kellogg
Might . . . but who could tell?
At eleven o'clock on Monday morning. September 14, 1874, a mass meeting of citizens was held in Canal Street. Standing by the great statue of Henry Clay
, as chairman of the meeting, put this question to the citizens-Whether they would endure the reign of anarchy any longer?
They replied by shouts that they preferred the tyranny under which they had groaned before the Reconstruction Act
. A soldier, though a despot, was a man of discipline.
He kept the streets in order, and the lobbies of the State House
A ruler like Hancock
was a blessing compared to a ruler like Kellogg
Under a Federal soldier there would be no pretence of freedom, civil order, and