On May 29, 1863, Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who had caught President Lincoln by surprise with his arrest and trial of Clement Vallandigham, offered to resign as commander of the Department of Ohio. Lincoln refused the offer.
Burnside had been a disaster as commander of the Army of the Potomac, had given Lincoln a headache he didn’t want with Vallandigham and would soon give him another headache.
Yet Lincoln kept finding jobs for him. Political jobs would be left behind after his next mess, as he would return to command of the 9th Corps, first occupying Nashville in the fall and then by participating in Grant’s Overland Campaign in the spring of 1864.
You would think that after the response to the heavy-handed treatment of Vallandigham, Burnside would back off. But he didn’t.
On June 1, 1863, he issued an order banning the Chicago Times, a vehemently anti-administration newspaper. This time, Lincoln didn’t waste time. On June 4, the president suggested that the ban on the Times should be lifted.
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