The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
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Harper's Weekly, September 14, 1867, page 579

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The peremptory removal of General Sickles is only another indication of the superlative folly of the President. Whatever may be the merits of General Canby, every body knows that General Sickles is removed because of the earnestness and ability with which he has executed the will of the people in enforcing the reconstruction law. He, like Sheridan, is removed because his course is not agreeable to the late rebels, and is approved by all faithful Union men. The only conceivable effect of his removal will be delay in reorganizing North and South Carolina. The smoldering embers of rebellion revive under the Presidential breath. The rebel chiefs who were taught by the old political associates of Andrew Johnson at the North to despise the character and purpose and patriotism of the free States, will despise them all the more that they could have been so eluded as to place him in his present position. Those men will not believe that he can help him to defy Congress. And they despise him as thoroughly as ever.

When Generals Hancock and Canby arrive at their new posts of duty they will be tried by these leaders. If they remain as firm and true as Sheridan and Sickles they will be opposed but respected. If they yield, and become mush under rebel manipulation, they will be used and scorned. Men like Longstreet, who acquiesce in the decision of the war, and are as anxious for peace as they were earnest in fighting, can only regret the dull folly which postpones a settlement. But the valiant editors of the newspapers at the South, which daily lament the lost cause in the most elaborate and defiant rhetoric, will shake their terrible pens at Congress all the more fiercely, and rejoice that the heel of Despotism has been wounded by the doughty warrior of the White House.

Delay in the reorganization which was so well begun, continued suffering and hopeless agitation, postponement of peace, a consequent possibility of more rigorous measures, and universal disgust, are the only results of such removals.

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