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After the Civil War had ended several soldiers had returned home to find their places of living destroyed Most of these people returned to practically nothing The United States had to rebuild itself and this rebuilding was called Reconstruction Today historians refer to this era of reconstruction as the part of the Gilded Age Many people had to pickup and start all over again while others continued their quests of expanding Expanding by taking control over the land or by expanding their beliefs either way lives of these people reflected the social tensions of the Gilded Age Philip H Sheridan who was one of the heroes of the Civil War was a soldier who had started his career on the frontier and would return there after the war to help the United States in expanding its territory by having to combat many Native Americans in doing so Sheridan was an extremely important person who helped conquer the frontier Sheridan believed in the freeing of black slaves and decided that he would help protect the blacks now that they were free He expresses his opinion about what is done to black people in Texas by commenting that the black codes are a policy of gross injustice toward the colored people on the part of the courts and a reign of lawlessness and disorder ensued10 Sheridans defense of the black cause much tension in his life in Texas that he was later reassigned to command the Department of the Missouri 11 In 1869 when Grant had became President he appointed Sheridan lieutenant governor and command of the Division of Missouri Sheridans past on tactics for attacking the Indians made him the best man for the job in defending the western frontier Much of Sheridans life involved being enrolled in the army and defending the frontier He is also known for the quote The only good Indian is a dead Indian which he became synonymous with 13 Sheridans
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