t to cross the Rappahannock, I was in his tent with Generals Smith, Woodbury, Hunt, and Captain Comstock, corps of engineers, when I said to him, in substance, you yourself recommended to the President the removal of the Secretary of War and Genenal Halleck.
He did not deny it; in fact he acknowledged that he had so recommended.
There is nothing in my pamphlet, nor have I said anything which will justify the assertion, that I think that General Burnside's letter to me (you) was drawn out ofed me to assert that he had requested the removal of the Secretary of War and yourself, and I can only account for his numerous mistakes by the hypothesis that he is crazy.
Your obedient servant, W. B. Franklin.
General Halleck to General Franklin.
Headquarters of the army, Washington, May 29, 1863.
[Private and personal.]
Major-General Franklin, York, Penn.:
General: Your letter of the twenty-seventh is received, and I thank you for your frank reply