. . . sets Gen. Hunter back a notch or two. Our military commanders are very unfortunate in their proclamations. It is not their forte and they ought to learn as much by and by. Gen. Hunter’s proclamation, like Gen. Phelps’ and others, is a very harmless document which can do neither harm nor good. It will not free a negro, and the idea that it is going to exasperate the rebels is all nonsense. No body cares whether they like it nor not. It is about time we gave up the idea of conciliation. They have clearly shown that nothing will conciliate them but heavy blows well laid on. There is but one issue – one point to make. We must conquer rebellion or the rebellion will conquer us.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 24, 1862, p. 1