As usual Al Mackey has about half the facts need to present a true history of any event. This time he goes to a opinionated blog for his information instead of researching the vent on his own. Isn’t that what real “historians” do?
This time he is talking about the New Orleans Massacre of 1866. https://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/when-taking-our-country-back-led-to-a-massacre/
You will notice his post is almost a copy and paste job of this website —- http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/30/when-taking-our-country-back-led-to-a-massacre.html
At any rate Mackey doesn’t say so, but he like to imply this is racism on the part of Southern men — ex-Confederates if you will. I remind you that in 1866 Andrew Johnson, a Unionist was president of the United States. The war was over and the Southern States were under control of the UNITED STATES military They were forcing their reconstruction policies on the South.
With that being said, Mackey’s blog post and the Daily Beast both imply that the harmless Blacks were doing nothing wrong when the awful white s attacked them and massacred SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THIS PARTY. IS THAT TRUE? Let’s take a look at a more historical website at http://www.blackwallstreet.freeservers.com/New%20orleans%20race%20riot%20of%201866.htm
Reading here we can plainly see there was friction between both parties> There is no real innocents involved. I am sure the atrocities committed by the Union troops– Sherman, Grant, Butler etc. were still fresh in the minds of these people. The fact the negroes were not peaceful didfd not help the situation
Office Unites States Military Telegraph, Hdqrs. War Department
The following telegram, received 2 p.m., July 28, 1866, from New Orleans, July 28, 1866.
PRESIDENT JOHNSON: Radical mass meeting composed mainly of large numbers of Negroes last night ending in a riot. The committee of Arrangements of said meeting assembling tonight, violent and incendiary speeches made, Negroes called to arm themselves. You bitterly denounced; speakers–Fiend, Dostie, Hawkins, Henderson, Heir, Ward, and others. Gov. Wells arrived last night, but sides with the Convention. Move the whole matter before Grand Jury, but impossible to execute civil process without certainty of riot. Contemplated to have the members of the Convention under process from the criminal court of this district. Is the military to interfere to prevent process of court?
………. Lieut. Gov. La.
………. ANDREW J. HERRON
………. Attorney-Gen. La.
Washington, D.C., July 28, 1866.
TO ALBERT VOORHIES, Lieut.-Gov. of Louisiana.
New Orleans, La.
And Mackey that is the whole truth!!!!