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[69] Sheridan has taken the command in New Orleans, Townsend describes this officer as having “annexed” the Gulf, and adds by way of clincher, “the measure is deemed necessary, and is approved.” General Sherman answers dryly:

St. Louis: Jan. 6, 1875.
Your telegram of the fifth instant, stating that General Sheridan has annexed Department of Gulf to his command, has been received.


Meanwhile the President is called to study a remonstrance and appeal from Speaker Wiltz, who first telegraphs to him a brief account of the invasion:

I have the honour to inform you that the House of Representatives of this State was organized to day by the election of myself as Speaker, fifty-eight members, two more than a quorum, voting, with a full House present. More than two hours after the organization, I was informed by the officer in command of the United States troops in this city that he had been requested by Governor Kellogg to remove certain members of the House from the State House, and that, under his orders, he was obliged to comply with the request. I protested

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