organization was abandoned and from that time the names of Generals Franklin
, no longer appear in connection with the Army of the Potomac. General Burnside
quietly and patriotically resumed command of his old corps, and continued to do splendid service to the end of the war. The old corps formation was restored, and General Hooker
did excellent work in restoring the efficiency and morale of the army.
was transferred to the Ninth Corps, and General Sedgwick
promoted to the command of the Sixth Corps.
The letter by which President Lincoln
transferred the command from Burnside
is one of his remarkable literary productions.
It is easy to read between the lines his deep anxiety, his anxious solicitude, his fatherly sentiments toward the officers of the army, and his keen appreciation of the abilities and weaknesses of the different commanders to whom he had to entrust the military affairs of the nation.
The following is a copy of that letter.