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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 3: White reaction. (search)
power. The vote took place under a state of feeling bordering on the phrenzy of civil war. Again each party claimed the victory. The one thing certain. was, that Kellogg had not carried the State for Grant. Kellogg had promised his patron five votes out of the six possessed by Louisiana. Of the six votes only two were won for Grant. In the State Legislature, the elections for which were held at the same time as the elections for Congress, the Conservatives claim to have gained a small but sure majority of votes. So far as the White reaction turned on votes, this White reaction was secure. One chance, and only one, remained for Kellogg and his patrons: such an intervention of the Federal troops as might prevent the Conservative members from taking their seats. It was a daring, nay, a desperate policy; but the beaten scalawags are desperate men. To carry out such a project required a sterner officer than General Emory, and General Sheridan has been sent to New Orleans.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 4: General Sheridan. (search)
ivision of the Missouri. Like ourselves, General Sheridan and his staff are lodged in the hotel. mmand? As a companion by the way, I like General Sheridan, and if I paint him somewhat darkly it ish Valley to be burnt, the torch was placed in Sheridan's hands. The whole country, from the Blue Rint wished to make example of an Indian tribe, Sheridan was sent into the Plains. The Piegans were s the great city like an alarm of fire. General Sheridan was in Chicago, busy with the duties of hesence of ladies, among them a damsel to whom Sheridan was said to be vowed, would give his journey lay with those great officers whose functions Sheridan was about to seize. The mission was unusual, hand might be sent down, without calling Philip Sheridan from the shores of Lake Michigan. If uniconfidential letter to St. Louis, explaining Sheridan's mission to the South. Of this letter Genert a hearing. Belknap threw his burthen on to Sheridan's back, by that clause in his letter which in[21 more...]
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 7: banditti (search)
iated 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 very quiet to-day. Some of the banditti made idle threats last night that they would assassinate me. . . . I am not afraid. P. H. Sheridan. Ten minutes after this message is posted in New Orleans, every lip is rippling into merriment and mockery. Afraid! Who's afraid? I'm not afraid. Are you afraid? Why, Sheridan's not afraid! Ha, ha! Even Phil. Sheridan's not afraid! Caesarism has strong points; but the temper to put up with scorn and sarcasm is not one of those strong points.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 8: the Conservatives. (search)
enator, meeting us on the stairs, although we are banditti? No, we are not afraid. Some wag has gummed a caricature of Sheridan to the wall. The general is represented as a dog snapping at a Louisiana cavalry officer. Poor stuff, says the SenatorMinor, and in California. If Vasquez were able to read the papers, he would be pleased to find, on the authority of General Sheridan, that a good many of his brethren sit on the bench and practise at the bar. No one contests your claim to repres are giving the highest intellectual sanction to the general fury. Evarts, the ablest lawyer in America, is denouncing Sheridan and De Trobriand, in terms not often applied by lawyers to the lowest tools of a despotic power. The curses showered on power. The curses showered on Kellogg have a bitterness unequalled since the war. Should President Grant back down, repudiating Sheridan and letting Kellogg go, where, in such. a reign of anarchy, will the legal government of the State reside?
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 9: Governor Warmoth. (search)
nor. No man but myself has been recognised by Congress as Governor of Louisiana. Kellogg and McEnery are alike repudiated. Kellogg is Governor by grace of General Sheridan. If the Federal army left, McEnery would be Governor by force of the White League. When right and order gain the mastery, there will be no legal Governor iepublic. Where is the Grand Army? Why are the companies not up, raising their voices in this critical hour? Why are the Union soldiers standing back, leaving Sheridan to fight alone? Warmoth is the culprit. Warmoth is bowing to the Conservatives; seeking an entrance into club and society; kissing gloves to the ladies of Pennnce with public sentiment. This question of whether the Negro shall or shall not be allowed to ride in street cars, excites as much debate as the telegrams of Sheridan. Everyone is suggesting remedies and discussing compromises. General Warmoth suggests, that cars might be started in Canal Street, to be marked with a star, in
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 10: carpet-baggers. (search)
ing them three dollars a day, they cannot stay in New Orleans. In less than a week thirty out of the fifty would be gone. I let them meet, attend to formal matters, and receive their salaries, but I caution them to leave all serious business till we see our way. There is a fight between us. The Chambers are burning to pass an Appropriation Bill; but I refuse to let them bring it in; and tell the leaders plainly that they have no legal powers. If President Grant decides to support General Sheridan, do you think the new Legislature may be got to work? I hope the best; but I am sickening of my tasks. I shall be happy when the moment comes for my release. Release! Does any one hinder you from leaving New Orleans? A sense of duty hinders me. I am a party man. Believing that the principles of my party are the best for every corner of America, I have done my best to plant them in this region of the South. My work is not yet done; but I am older than I was ten years ago. I
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 11: the Rotunda. (search)
o'clock in the evening. Persons present-General Sheridan, with his staff, Lieutenant-governor Pennght the scene in our Rotunda is a sight. General Sheridan, dressed in plain clothes, is standing neo in plain clothes, are General Emory and Colonel Sheridan, a younger brother of the chief. Bandittn these magnates pass the shaft against which Sheridan leans! Have you no fear of accidents? Io on, assume the burthen of events, and leave Sheridan free to take his course. He framed a Message Fish declares that if the President sustains Sheridan and justifies Durell and Packard, he will resshot, fired by a fool, may start a civil war. Sheridan is prepared to act, and the devastator of theice; Durell repudiated, Belknap discredited, Sheridan excused. The President abandons all responsibility. Sheridan is not sustained, and his recommendations are described as unlawful. Yes, the play is over. Sheridan will now have time for his pleasure trip, and he may then go home to his weddin
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 12: Georgia. (search)
d the names and passwords used by Padilla in the reign of Charles the Fifth. Have you many White leaguers in Georgia? we ask a senator in Atlanta. Yes, he answers frankly; you will find either Black leaguers and White leaguers in every district where you see Black and White men. A league is but the sentiment of a class trying to become the sentiment of all. We have White leaguers in Atlanta, but I must warn you against the idea, that in Georgia we have any of the rascals of whom Sheridan speaks and Republican journals write. There is a true White League, and a false White League. The true White League consists of a band of Conservatives, who wish to maintain order and preserve property; the false White League consists of a band of destructives, who desire to break the peace and ruin house and land. Which of these two sorts of league are we likely to belong to-we, who own and cultivate nearly all the land in Georgia? Leagues are a necessity of our life, and will be while
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 18: at Washington. (search)
ightening up. Here, in this cabinet, I have a list made out by General Sheridan of three thousand murders and attempts at murder in Louisiana.ured Donelson, Vicksburg, and Richmond is not a great soldier. Sheridan, says the President, returning to his lieutenant, is a man of drind order, who understands the South. But the public have mistaken Sheridan, and they will not see his actions in the proper light. Without saying so in words, he seems to mean that Sheridan is suffering from the general but unjust suspicion under which his Government lies. If so, The odium is undoubtedly great; yet Grant is suffering as much for Sheridan as Sheridan is suffering for Grant. The Black Question, like thSheridan is suffering for Grant. The Black Question, like the Red Question, is broader than the policy of a day, and longer than the lives of Sheridan and Grant. Can coloured people live in freedom? CSheridan and Grant. Can coloured people live in freedom? Can a Negro bear the rough friction, the close contact, and the hot competition of an Anglo-Saxon? Higher races than the African are dying in