PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. OF THE ARMY,
Washington, March 20, 1864.
Maj. Gen. GEORGE G. MEADE,
Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: The Secretary of War has shown me your letter in regard to the communication in the Herald signed "Historicus." I have no doubt that and other articles of the same kind in the New York papers were written or dictated by General Sickles; nevertheless, you will not be able to fix on him the authorship, and nothing would suit him better than to get you into a personal or newspaper controversy. He would there be perfectly at home, and, with his facilities for controlling or giving color to the New York press, would have greatly the advantage. My advice would be to ignore him entirely in this controversy, unless he makes himself officially amenable, which I think he is too shrewd to do. He cannot by these newspaper articles injure your military reputation in the slightest degree. Indeed, I think that any attacks from him will have the contrary effect.
H. W. HALLECK.
Source: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
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