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Harper's Weekly, January 25, 1868, page 51

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RECONSTRUCTION MEASURES
The Reconstruction Committee of the House on January 13 reported a new Reconstruction Bill of a very important character, and having for its purpose the early reconstruction of the Southern States in spite of all obstacles on the part of the President and the late rebel citizens of the South. First of all it declares that no civil governments at present exist in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and Arkansas. Secondly, the General commanding the army is authorized to enforce all the reconstruction laws of Congress, is empowered to remove from command all officers above the rank of colonel who may be in command at the South, as well as all civil officers now acting under the several provisional governments of the Southern States, and to appoint others to the same positions. Thirdly, the authority to detail military commanders to the Southern departments, conferred on the President by all former acts, is repealed; in short, this power reverts to General Grant. Fourthly, the President is forbidden to order any part of the army or navy of the United States to assist by force of arms the authority of either of the present provisional governments of the South in opposition to the authority of the United States.

This bill was read in the House on January 13 and recommitted to the Reconstruction Committee for further consideration.

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