|3.||Chase had sent orders on February 9 that authorized Severance to salvage machinery from a wrecked steamer that had also carried cotton. Chase to Severance, Feb. 9, 1863 ( Letters from War Dept., Letters from Exec. Officers, Gen. Recs. Treasury Dept., Nat. Arch.).|
|4.||In a letter to Saxton on April 10, Chase reaffirmed his orders to Severance of February 9. " Mr Severance has been advised that the collection of abandoned property within his district is under your sole control," he concluded. Chase to Saxton, Apr. 10, 1863 ( Letters from War Dept., Letters from Exec. Officers, Gen. Recs. Treasury Dept., Nat. Arch.).|
|5.||Saxton's orders dated from April 29, 1862. "It is expressly understood that, so far as the persons and purposes herein specified are concerned," wrote the secretary of war, "your action will be independent of that of other military authorities of the department, and in all other cases subordinate only to the major-general commanding." E. M. Stanton to Saxton, Apr. 29, 1862, in OR, ser. 3, v. 2:27-28.|
|6.||Saxton referred to the act for collection of direct taxes, June 7, 1862. See Mansfield French's letter to Chase of January 2, and that of John A. Andrew, January 3, 1863 (both above).|
Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 25:0953).
United States Internal Revenue,
District of New Orleans, La.
March 29th 1863.
My last letter gave all the important facts concerning operations near Port Hudson, & stated that the next movement was to be up Bayou Teche under Weitzel, which was contemplated some weeks ago, but temporarily relinquished.1 I suppose the advancing column will be not far from Ten Thousand men, & if successful, will penetrate to Red River, by way of the Teche or Atchafalaya. Troops are now being sent to Weitzel & it is supposed he will start in about Ten days. Kirby Smith is the Rebel General opposed to him, & was said to have 14.000 men, but is now reported to have only six Thousand. Under the present military authorities of this Dept, I have doubts about the success of the undertaking--but if Butler was here I should have none.
In my letters to you written soon after Gen. Banks assumed command, I stated that Banks had already virtually failed.2 I now regard this failure as complete & impossible to be retrieved by the present Commanding General.
Since Gen. Banks arrived this is what has been accomplished, viz:
With an army three times as large as Gen. Butler's, we hold the same amount of territory held by him.
We have lost the Steam-Sloop of War "Mississippi" the Gunboat "Kinsman" (iron clad), the "Hatteras" & the "Harriet Lane". Also, Galveston.3
Butler left New Orleans really and truly a Union City. Day by day have appearances of loyalty diminished. It is now a Secession City, and matters are growing worse.