War Department: Jan. 6, 1875.
“You seem to fear that we have been misled by biassed or partial statements of your acts.
Be assured that the President
and Cabinet confide in your wisdom, and rest in the belief that all acts of yours have been and will be judicious.
This I intended to say in my brief telegram.”
How is Sheridan
to take these words?
The Cabinet is now associated with the President
, but there is no more talk of approval.
They confide in his wisdom!
Yesterday their cry was for energy.
Energy gave them confidence.
Now they rest in the belief that his acts have been and will be judicious!
Was Philip Sheridan
sent to New Orleans in mid-winter, to be judicious?
Is the word a hint?
No order now to be quick and stern --to lay on and spare not!
Where is the reply to his request that ministers will get a short bill pushed through Congress branding the White
citizens as outlaws, and turning them over to his subalterns?
Not a word.
Taking then this second message as a call to order, he answers at night: