>(:~(o<] Gentlemen, I am reluctant to jump into this discussion without futher research, this thread has certainly peaked my interest. Allow me this much I can only offer my opinon and cannot declare any of this as "fact". Andrew Johnson was as dedicated to preserving the Union as any man on the planet and with no less passion he was a Democrat. Democrat! Democrat! Democrat! While Grant Sherman and others threatened to resign if R E Lee went to trial for treason Grant had far less sympathy for other Southernrons. When Johnson granted amnesty in 1868 it was viewed by his critics as a blatant attempt to reinfranchise Democrats. Grant may have walked down the veranda steps at Wilmer McLeans but he was already running for President and as such he had to pander to likes of BF Butler and Thad Stevens (chiefs among those who impeached Johnson) So in my mind most disagreements between the two was political. Conventual wisdom of the time had Grant as Lincoln's sucessor with Johnson back in his taylor shop a brief footnote in history. My memory is likely faulty on Buell's arrest but I'll get back to y'all on that one. Remember another point as Military Governor of Tennessee Johnson was also a General Officer in the United States Army.