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150 Years Ago: Tuesday, December 2, 1862

John Beauchamp Jones, a clerk in the Confederate War Department, expresses his worries in his journal about the constant internal dissent within the Confederacy:

“But the Enquirer to-day contains a communication from T. E. Chambliss, not the Virginia member of Congress, proposing the election of Commissioners from North and South, to put an end to the war. What can this mean but reconstruction on the old Democratic basis? It will not meet with favor, unless we meet great reverses this winter. Still, but few have faith in foreign intervention, to terminate the war; and there is a growing party both in the North and the South opposed to its indefinite prolongation. If we beat Burnside, I think it will be the last battle of magnitude. If he beats us, no one can see the end of the struggle. But from every State complaints are made against the military agents of the Confederate Government, for their high-handed oppressions. We may split up into separate States, and then continue the war—but it will be a sad day for us! The President ought to change his cabinet immediately, and then change his policy. He should cultivate the friendship and support of the people, and be strong in their affections, if he would rule with a strong hand.”

George Meade is with Ambrose Burnside at his headquarters as news is received of John F Reynolds promotion to Major General, which was confirmed by the Senate on November 29. Later that evening Meade writes to his wife Margaretta that “I am very glad Reynolds is promoted, for I always thought he deserved it for his services at Mechanicsville.” He also writes, with a potential hint of jealousy or maybe just admiration, that “Reynolds is a man who is very popular and always impresses those around him with a great idea of his superiority.”

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December 2012

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