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William T. Sherman
General William T. Sherman Writes Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles That He Will Be Ready for His Mission to Help Reestablish Republican Government in Mexico
31/10/1866. With French troops leaving, their puppet Emperor Maximilian soon to be executed, and republican President Benito Juarez poised to reassume power, Sherman's task was to give the mission prestige, and to advise Juarez in regard to the many military problems that would be plaguing himFrench Emperor Napoleon III sent an army into Mexico late in 1861, assertedly to compel the payment of huge debts owed by the government of Mexico. His object, however, was not simply a financial one: a new commander whom he sent to Mexico in 1863 received instructions (which leaked into the press) to the effect that the Emperor's purpose was to establish a Mexican government strong enough to limit ""the growth and prestige of the United States."" Such a statement meant to American readers that Napoleon had no intention of stopping at the Rio Grande. This situation was antithetical to the interests of the United States and actually constituted a violation of the Monroe Doctrine. But France had taken the chance of imposing this on Mexico because, with the U.S. embroiled in the Civil War, it was in no position to stop it.In June 1863 French arms swept the Liberal government of President Benito Juarez from Mexico City, and in the summer of 1864 Napoleon installed the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, thirty-two-year-old brother of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, on the new throne of Mexico. During this period many in the North clamored for action against France, but aggressive behavior by the United States might give Napoleon the popular support he needed to join hands with the Confederacy … [Click Below for Full Description]
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