CAMP PIERPONT, VA., December 12, 1861.
We have nothing new in the army. Congress and its doings I suppose you see in the papers. It appears Cameron1 has come out on the Abolition side, but honest old Abe2 made him suppress the principal part of his report. I see Congress refused to pass a vote of censure on General Halleck3 for his order about slaves, which indicates the ultras are not yet to have it all their own way.
1 Simon Cameron, Secretary of War of the United States.
2 Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
3 Major-General Henry W. Halleck, U. S. A., in command of the Department of the Missouri.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 236