Interesting letter written to the Chaplain of the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteers making harsh criticisms of the leadership and officers of the Union Army.
Reverend Alonzo A. Quint, Chaplain to the 2d Regiment Volunteers of Mass. Washington D.C.
Postmarked ‘WESTON MAR 23 MASS.’ (Note ‘MAR’ is upside down).
(1) Richmond VA
Over a period of seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, Richmond's defensive line of batteries and fortifications set up under General Robert E. Lee, a daring ride around the Union Army by Confederate cavalry under General J.E.B. Stuart, and an unexpected appearance of General Stonewall Jackson's famous "foot cavalry" combined to unnerve the ever-cautious McClellan, and he initiated a Union retreat before Richmond.
(2) General Pope
At Second Bull Run, he concentrated his attention on attacking Jackson while the other Confederate corps attacked his flank and routed his army. Following Manassas, Pope was banished far from the Eastern Theater to the Department of the Northwest in Minnesota,
In the 1860s, the Copperheads, also known as Peace Democrats, were a faction of Democrats in the Union who opposed the American Civil War and wanted an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates.
(4) General Butler
Although Butler's governance of New Orleans was popular in the North, where it was seen as a successful stand against recalcitrant secessionists, some of his actions, notably those against the foreign consuls, concerned Lincoln, who authorized his recall in December 1862. Butler continues to be a disliked and controversial figure in New Orleans and the rest of the South. Butler's popularity with the radicals meant that Lincoln could not readily deny him a new posting…
(5) General Hooker
Lincoln appointed Hooker to command of the Army of the Potomac on January 26, 1863. Some members of the army saw this move as inevitable, given Hooker's reputation for aggressive fighting, something sorely lacking in his predecessors. During the "Mud March" Hooker was quoted by a New York Times army correspondent as saying that "Nothing would go right until we had a dictator, and the sooner the better."