- Aug 16, 2015
Maybe because he considered himself in "open war" with his commander, Joseph Hooker following the defeat at Chancellorsville.I want to point out what was Meade first thoughts when he was the first contact about heading the AoP... He was going to be arrested... Why would Meade think that if he did not feel he was living in a Police state...
<John G. Selby, Meade: The Price of Command, 1863-1865. (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2018), pp. 13-14.>
Nowhere in Meade's papers or in any biographies is there even the slightest hint that he feared Lincoln's "Police state". Of course, every reader can allow his/her imagination to develop even the wildest fantasies.