|Writing from Lancaster, Ky., on July 24, Green had reported on Confederate weakness in the vicinity and urged military action to secure the Cumberland Gap for the Union. "Give us a nucleus, here, or in Tennessee around which to rally our forces," he wrote, "and the arms to work with & I think Ky, Tennessee & Western Virginia, will not only be right, but may even have North Carolina right, also." Adams to Chase, July 24, 1861 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
|The state legislative election of August 5 mentioned in William Nelson's letter of July 24 (above). Coulter, Civil War, 97-98.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 16:405).
Cincinnati Augt. 1. 1861
My dear Mr. Chase
I have delayed acknowledging the receipt of your valued autograph letter of the 23d ulto. until I could see Lieut. Nelson. He has been out or engaged when I have called to see him until this morning. He says he has recommended that Qr. Master Burns1 make purchases for his use, and presumes he will not be required to make any more purchases himself--that arms have been supplied to all that section of Kentucky where I am particularly acquainted and could aid him.--but that if he should find occasion for my aid, he will call on me.-- Our interview was short. He may be entitled to all the confidence you have given him. But when so many persons known to real friends of the Administration and of the great cause in which it is struggling, familiar with the outside appearance of his operations and conduct, are suspicious of him,