As 1866 began, and Congress and Johnson argued over Reconstruction policies, Johnson was left with the conundrum of Grant's presence. The general was far too popular to get rid of, yet the longer he was around Washington the bigger a threat he became to Johnson's political future. Grant, who had always favored a generous peace, tried to work out a compromise position between the radical Republicans and Johnson– especially after Grant's tour of the South found the region's people yearning for a peaceful settlement. However, Johnson's pro-Southern policies, the outbreak of renewed violence towards blacks, and rioting in the former Confederacy disturbed Grant, who had been promoted to a full generalship by Congress in 1866. A tour of the country by Johnson, accompanied by Grant, turned into a debacle, as the country reacted unfavorably toward Johnson. Grant's advisers feared that such feelings would
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