By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
In the summertime of 1866 racial tensions ran excessive in Louisiana as a constitutional conference thought of disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters driven via an indignant throng of adverse whites. phrases have been exchanged, photographs rang out, and inside mins a revolt erupted with unrestrained fury. while it used to be over, at the least forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay useless and greater than 2 hundred have been wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the war of words and provides a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that used to be the post-Civil battle South.
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In Crucible of Reconstruction (p. 43) Tunnell opines that Banks was genuinely surprised when he received Lincoln's rebuke. 27 Durant was ecstatic when he heard of the president's plan and urged Shepley to order an election. But it was Shepley who hesitated this time, caught between the Free State leader, Durant, and his military commander, Banks. Shepley decided on December 31 to ask Lincoln for permission to call for an election before proceeding. 28 Shepley's letter to the president crossed one in the mail from Lincoln to Banks.
The rest of the Democratic ticket, including the new lieutenant governor, Albert Voorhies, was elected by a large majority. In the unofficial vote for territorial representative, Warmoth received a plebiscitary vote of over 19,000, only 3,000 less than Wells received in the official balloting. 20 Voters elected a state legislature on the same day they swept Wells into office. The new legislature was far different from the previous body. The Democrats had a clear majority, having carried every parish but one.
Banks to Lincoln, May 4,1863, and Hahn to Lincoln, May 9,1863, Lincoln Papers; also see McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 105. 24. Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom, 47. 25. , Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 7:1-2. 26. , Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 7:90-91; also see Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom, 69. In Crucible of Reconstruction (p. 43) Tunnell opines that Banks was genuinely surprised when he received Lincoln's rebuke. 27 Durant was ecstatic when he heard of the president's plan and urged Shepley to order an election.