|Lincoln to Hunter
Response to Letter of Hunter's regarding dismissal
June 30, 1863
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON,
June 30, 1863.
MY DEAR GENERAL:--I have just received your letter of the 25th of June.
I assure you, and you may feel authorized in stating, that the recent change of commanders in the Department of the
South was made for no reasons which convey any imputation upon your known energy, efficiency, and patriotism; but
for causes which seemed sufficient, while they were in no degree incompatible with the respect and esteem in which I
have always held you as a man and an officer.
I cannot, by giving my consent to a publication of whose details I know nothing, assume the responsibility of whatever
you may write. In this matter your own sense of military propriety must be your guide, and the regulations of the service
your rule of conduct.
I am very truly your friend,