Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Friday, January 30, 1863

Gen. Burnside has been relieved of the command of the Army of the Potomac and Gen. Jos. Hooker takes his place.  I like Burnside -- he is a good man.  Perhaps Hooker has in his character the elements of Success.  God grant to prosper the right.

Peggy's comments:
Julia's brother, William P. Cutler wrote in his journal on January 26:
To-day it is said that Burnside has been relieved at his own request, and Hooker put in his place.  Our Potomac army is so far a failure, and seems to be demoralized by the political influences that have been brought to bear upon it.  All is confusion and doubt.  The President is tripped up by his generals, who seem to have no heart in their work.  God alone can guide us through this terrible time of doubt, uncertainty, treachery, imbecility and infidelity.  Thaddeus Stevens jokingly remarked that he thought there was a God when he was as young as Kellogg of Michigan, (who said we must remember him) but he had given it up lately.

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