|1.||In March, the British periodical Once a Week had published a commentary regarding Pierce's official report, issued in February, on work with former slaves at Port Royal. "Mr. Pierce's Ten Thousand Clients," Once a Week: An Illustrated Miscellany of Literature, Art, Science, & Popular Information 6 ( Mar. 29, 1862): 379-84; Chase to Pierce, Feb. 19, 1862 (above).|
|2.||A reference to the golden calf made by ancient Israel shortly after the exodus from Egypt. Exod. 32.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 22:0050).
Head Quarters Army of the Mississippi Aug 3, 1862
Hon S. P. Chase Washington DC Dear Governer,
The last letter I presumed to trouble you with was asking your intervention1 / It was not permitted me to have the pleasure of seeing you when in Washington nor of hearing if my letter was received I now presume to tax your time a few moments about myself.
I have fought successful battles,--successfully defended a mountainous country against superior numbers--pacified forty thousand square miles of disturbed territory, received the vote of thanks of two States-- Ohio & Virginia for sucessfully administering the government of the Department.
I submitted a plan which would have destroyed Jacksons army & saved Landers life. another for the employment of the troops in Western VirGinia.2 Another for dispositions of the troops of Blenker, Banks, Shields,