General Ambrose Burnside Wants to Resign

September 10, 1863

President Lincoln receives telegram from General Ambrose Burnside in eastern Tennessee requesting permission to resign: “You will remember that I some time ago told you that I wished to retire to private life. The rebellion now seems pretty well checked & the work I am doing can no doubt be as well or better performed by some one else so that I can now conscientiously ask to be allowed to resign if you think the good of service will permit. I shall be here tomorrow & will be glad to get an answer I look upon East Tennessee as one of the most loyal sections of the U. S.”

President Lincoln writes Dr. John P. Gray regarding a continuing military-civilian controversy in Union-held Norfolk, Virginia: “Dr. David M. Wright is in military custody at Norfolk, Virginia, having been, by a military commission, tried for murder, and sentenced to death, his execution awaiting the order of the Major General in command of that Military Department, or of the President of the United States. The record is before me; and a question is made as to the sanity of the accused. You will please proceed to the Military Department whose head-quarters are at Fort-Monroe, and take in writing all evidence which may be offered on behalf of Dr. Wright and against him, and any, in addition, which you may find within your reach, and deem pertinent; all said evidence to be directed to the question of Dr. Wright’s sanity or insanity, and not to any other questions; you to preside, with power to exclude evidence which shall appear to you clearly not pertinent to the question.”

Regarding a letter from a Maryland man fined for selling liquors to Union soldiers, President Lincoln write: “I can not listen to a man’s own story, unsupported by any evidence, who has been convicted of violating the law; because that would put an end to all law.”

President Lincoln also writes General Frank Wheaton: “Yesterday, at the instance of Mr. [Francis P.] Blair, senr. I telegraphed Gen. Meade asking him to grant you a leave of absence, to which he replied that you had not applied for such leave, and that you can have it when you do apply. I suppose it is proper for you to know this.”

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