I read with interest Rudy Schmidt’s Sept. 16 letter. However, the historical facts are as follows:
In March of 1867, military rule by virtue of an act of Congress, both houses being Republican, replaced the civil administration in the South. The South was divided into five military districts under general officers taking orders from Gen. Ulysses Grant.
It may be argued that since the theme was one of punishment of the rebels and technically under marshal law, the white South was preparing to recover supremacy by the only means left: tomfoolery and terror.