Category Archives: Andrew Johnson

April 19, 1866: Popular support for veto?

Cape Girardeau Argus, April 19, 1866. I’m wondering just how the people were polled on their attitudes toward vetoes in the 18th and 19th centuries. I think probably in the editor’s imagination. The Richmond Examiner has the following piece of … Continue reading

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March 29, 1866: More celebration of the veto of the Freedmen’s Bureau bill

Charles Sumner ************************************ The Cape Girardeau Argus once again rejoices over Andrew Johnson’s veto of the bill extending the Freedmen’s Bureau. This time the article is from the front page, usually reserved for “literary” efforts — stories, poetry, humor, etc. … Continue reading

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March 22, 1866: Supporting Johnson’s veto of the Freedman’s Bureau bill

The Cape Girardeau Argus continues here in its support for Johnson’s view of Reconstruction, a view in which the rights of freed former slaves apparently need no protection. On February 19, Johnson vetoed the bill extending the Freedman’s Bureau. He … Continue reading

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September 28, 1865: A response to the Boston Letter

(I don’t have a picture of the writer, so here’s Andrew Johnson, to whom the response is addressed.) In late August of 1865, a group of some 200 Bostonians, including a US Congressman, a former president of Harvard, and several … Continue reading

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May 17, 1865: Reconstruction of Virginia

Johnson takes a hard line on Virginia. The executive order of President JOHNSON respecting Virginia, makes thorough work. It is a complete wiping out of four years of the civil history of the State, as far as rebels had to … Continue reading

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May 13, 1865: North Carolina loyalists visit Johnson

The stream of Southerners begins to flow north to Washington, seeking to influence the course of reconstruction. RALEIGH, N. C., May 13, 1865. (Received 12. 30 p. m.) His Excellency ANDREW JOHNSON, President of the United States: Ex-Governor D. L. … Continue reading

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October 7, 1863: Lincoln to Johnson — What’s going on with Rosecrans?

Lincoln is still anxious for news of East Tennessee, as this brief telegraphic exchange with Governor Johnson shows. WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., October 7, 1863-8.45 a.m. Governor JOHNSON, Nashville, Tenn.: What news have you from Rosecran’s army, or in … Continue reading

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November 17, 1862: Johnson on Buell

Union Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson wrote a scathing letter to Lincoln criticizing Buell’s conduct of the Kentucky/Tennessee campaign. The New York Times got hold of it and published it here. Johnson’s views were apparently shared by Lincoln, as Buell … Continue reading

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June 25, 1862: Who is this Andrew Johnson?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch casts aspersions on Andrew Johnson’s ancestry. Who is “Gov.” Johnson? –Andy Johnson, Lincoln’s Military Governor of Tennessee, is a native of North Carolina. His grand-father was hung, during the first Revolution, as a Tory marander and … Continue reading

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March 2, 1862: Tennessee to return to the Union

Andrew Johnson Tennessee, skewered by two Union-controlled rivers, and its capital in Union hands, would become the first “reconstructed” seceding state. Andrew Johnson was to head its provisional military government. Oh, and Buell finally gets his promotion, but Grant is … Continue reading

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