CAMP PIERPONT, VA., January 16, 1862.
Every one seems relieved at the change in the War Department,1 though the secret cause is as yet unknown, some putting it on his political faith, others on his want of integrity, etc., etc.
1 Edwin M. Stanton succeeded Simon Cameron as secretary of war.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 243