We Sympathize with General Schofield...
March 24, 1868
The Dispatch supports General Schofield for not vacating all offices as white Radicals and black citizens had hoped. General Schofield aims to fill the offices with capable men although the number of eligible men to hold office under the Test Oath in Virginia is exceedingly low.
We sympathize with General Schofield in his earnest effort to put into office capable men. The number of competent persons who can take the test oath in this State is exceedingly small, and great must be the embarrassment of any sincere officer who sets out to find amongst them men to discharge the responsible obligations of public officers. If General S. were to comply with the demands of the scallawags of the Convention by vacating all offices he would be involved in troubles of the most annoying and vexatious character.
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