|A sidewheel steamer of 774 tons from New York. Ibid., 41.|
|Chase asked Pierce to take "a proper number of physicians" to Port Royal after receiving news that blacks in the area were "dying in great numbers." Chase also forwarded some seeds. Chase to Pierce, Feb. 28, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|James P. Greves (b. ca. 1811), M.D., and George Bacheler Peck (c. 1834- 1906), a medical student from Cincinnati, represented the New York society. The physicians from Massachusetts were Charles H. Brown (b. ca. 1817), Adoniram Judson Wakefield (c. 1854- 1911), and James Waldock (c. 1824-98). List of Port Royal superintendents, in Pierce to Chase, Apr. 1, 1862 (Port Royal Corres., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.); Henry Noble Sherwood, ed., "Journal of Miss Susan Walker March 3d to June 6th, 1862," Quarterly Publication of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio 7 ( 1912): 43-48; Quinquennial Catalogue, 203, 613, 617.|
|James Adrian Suydam, apparently a New York merchant. New York Dir. ( 1863), 849; OR, ser. 1, v. 6:200-201.|
|Pierce referred to a naval expedition under the command of Samuel E DuPont that occupied Amelia Island, Fla., and its major towns, Fernandina and St. Mary's, on March 3 and 4. Originally from Minnesota or Wisconsin, William H. Nobles was a retired officer from a New York regiment appointed by Thomas W. Sherman as a U.S. agent "to take possession of all the cotton, commissary and quartermasters' stores, and all public property...in the State of South Carolina deserted by the inhabitants." OR, ser. 1, v. 6:500-201, v. 12:573-75; Long, Civil War Day by Day, 178; Pierce to Chase, Mar. 30, 1862 (below).|
|Sherman actually received instructions to send three hundred or four hundred laborers. In response, he expressed "concern over danger of producing a panic" among blacks "by too sudden a movement. Many of them surmise that they will ultimately be sent to Cuba and sold," he reported, "and to permit a stir among them of this sort would be attended with unfortunate results." Sherman nevertheless claimed that four to five hundred could be "induced" to work in Key West in return for a promise that they could return home, and reported intentions to ship these recruits "by the first convenience." OR, ser. 1, v. 6:224, 240.|
|Cotton grown on the occupied Sea Islands had been sent to New York for ginning. Pierce was concerned that the seeds be returned to Port Royal in time for planting from late March through April, and wanted the money to show black laborers "that we intend to pay them wages, and to give them confidence in us." Pierce to Chase, Mar. 2, 1862 (Port Royal Corres., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.).|
|Edward W. Hooper (c. 1840- 1901), Harvard class of 1859, later the college's treasurer, 1876-98, and overseer, 1900-1901. He was the son of Dr. Robert William Hooper and the nephew of Congressman Samuel Hooper. List of Port Royal superintendents, in Pierce to Chase, Apr. 1, 1862 (Port Royal Corres., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.); Quinquennial Catalogue, 224, 708; Rose, Rehearsal, 154.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 19:0652).
Hon. S. P. Chase.
I find it duty to state a few things which I feel to be of vital importance you should know. The two departments, the cotton gathering, & plantation culture, do not through their respective agents harmonize. There is a most unfortunate antagonism. Col. Reynolds received me most cordially and promised cordial cooperation. So did many employ[es] under him. Mr Pierce was not so red2--or rather his mission. His way has been sadly hedged up by many. I have not found under Col. R. one man