The debacle at Fredericksburg was bound to bring out the charges and countercharges in the newspapers. Democratic Banner Publisher Lecky Harper took his shot on Dec. 20, 1862:
“There are rumors in Washington that a change in the cabinet is about to take place and that Gen. McClellan is to be once more restored to command. The radicals, who control Lincoln and are ruining the country, will never agree to that. No Democrat, who desires a restoration of the Union, will again be placed at the head of the army.
“The failure at Fredericksburg must be placed at the door of the administration, where it rightfully belongs. ... The Abolition politicians at Washington are responsible for nearly every disaster that has befallen our army since this horrible war began. On their heads will fall the curses, loud and deep, of the American people. On their hands will rest the blood of thousands and hundreds of thousands of fathers, brothers and sons whose bones now whiten the battlefields of the South.”
Knox County boys
Harper would sometimes run news of the regiments that contained Knox County boys; not as much as you would expect, but as the year neared an end, the amount seemed to pick up.
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