|See Barney to Chase, October 23, 1862 (above).|
|Maj. Gen. John Gray Foster commanded the Department of North Carolina. DAB, 6:549-50.|
|Lawrence Augustus Gobright ( 1816-79) of the Associated Press was one of a few correspondents that Federal statesmen trusted. William Swinton ( 1833-92), evidently the New York Times representative, had acquired renown for aggressive interviewing techniques that often alienated civil authorities. DAB, 18:252-53; Nat. Cyc., 5:355-56.|
|As predicted, a report based on the statement appeared in the New York Times on Monday, October 17.|
|William Cullen Bryant's letter to Lincoln was critical of Federal setbacks on the battlefield, warning as well of the possibility for Republican defeat at the polls as a result. Bryant to Lincoln, Oct. 22, 1862, in William Cullen Bryant II and Thomas G. Voss, eds., The Letters of William Cullen Bryant, 6 vols. ( New York, 1984), 4:278-79.|
|Hooker had been wounded in the foot at the battle of Antietam, September 17. DAB, 9:197.|
|Barney's copy may be found in the Chase Papers of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.|
|See Chase to Winfield Scott, October 15, 1862 (above).|
Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. Benjamin E. Butler Papers, Library of Congress (micro 23:0589).
My dear General,
The sincerest interest in you prompts this letter. You have done so much and so well and have been personally so kind in your action & expressions towards myself that I cannot endure the thought of your suffering in the general good opinion as well as in the esteem of the government through the imputed faults of others.
So many and seemingly such well founded charges against your brother Col. Butler1 have reached me and other members of the Administration, as well as the President, that I feel bound to say to you that in my judgment you owe it to yourself not to be responsible even by toleration for what he does. Many do not scruple to express their