Ulysses S. Grant: Special Message to the Senate on Unrest in Louisiana

(1875)

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Nearly a month after Grant sent his Sixth Annual Message to Congress, there was news of new trouble in Louisiana. Democrats had tried to take over the state legislature through a combination of trickery and force. Republicans regained the upper hand with the assistance of federal soldiers dispatched to the state house by General Philip H. Sheridan, who advocated treating white supremacist terrorists harshly. Sheridan's actions sparked criticism...