|Federal forces finally occupied Savannah, Ga., on December 20, 1864. Charleston, S.C., did not surrender until February 18, 1865. Long, Civil War Day by Day, 613, 640.|
|Saxton and Mitchel had made their requests on September 5 and 20, respectively. Berlin, Freedom, ser. 1, v. 3:218; OR, ser. 1, v. 14:384-85.|
|Rear Adm. Samuel Francis DuPont commanded the South Atlantic blockading squadron. DAB, 5:531.|
Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. Benjamin F. Butler Papers, Library of Congress (micro 23:0030).
Treasury Department. Septr. 23 1862
My dear General
I am delighted by your great success at New Orleans. You know of course that all I can do to promote it will be most gladly done. Happily you are less oppressive in your demands on the Treasury than any other of our Generals in important positions. I wish you could have [men] enough to move up the Mississippi and clear it out. What a crown to your achievements that would be!
When General Halleck came here the President requested him to call on me about the financial measures necessary to the prosecution of the War. I told him that the most important in my judgment were 1st The substitution of an active, energetic, fearless general for McClellan in the command of the Army of the Potomac then stranded on James River, and 2nd the Opening of the Mississippi. Another less vitally important financially seemed to me equally important politically and militarily that was the prompt advance of Buells Army into East Tennessee. The first was not done; the second was not done; the third was not done, and today the Treasury is almost thirty six millions behind, and almost without resources, except Treasury Notes of which the faculty to issue only fifty six millions remains & Customs which supply about $200,000 per day. The bonds on which our chief reliance must necessarily be placed the 5-20 sixes cannot be negotiated