You have a difficult and delicate task to perform. I hope you will in all emergencies ask yourself only what is right?
Your friend S P CHASE
Maj. Gen. W. S. Rosencrans.
|On December 18, 1862, Chase appointed former Tennessee governor William Gannaway Brownlow, one of the state's leading Unionists, as a special agent of the Treasury Department. Chase to William P. Mellen, Dec. 18, 1862 ( Gen. Agent, Letters Recd.: Sec. of Treas., Recs. of Civil War Special Agencies, Nat. Arch.).|
|"I value the advice and assistance of all even the humblest soldier of my troops," Rosecrans replied on January 15. In response to Chase's letter he also noted: "Had I gone to Knoxville This army would have been out of ammunition out of provisions and driven demoralized and starving out of the country." Rosecrans to Chase, Jan. 15, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|Newspaper reports written on December 10 anticipated a battle near Hartsville, Tenn. Lt. Gen. John Clifford Pemberton ( 1814-81) commanded the Confederate department that included Mississippi, Tennessee, and part of Louisiana. DAB, 14:414-15; New York Times, Dec. 12, 1862.|
|Federal troops occupied Fredericksburg, Va., on December 11. The battle of Fredericksburg, a Federal disaster, took place two days later. Long, Civil War Day by Day, 294-96.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 24:0169).
Nevis Dobbs Ferry PO Decemr. 11th 1862
My dear sir
Your note of the 27th Novr owing to its having been misdirected Yonkers was not received until yesterday.1
I called yesterday to see your daughter at 5th ave Hotel but had not the good fortune to find her at home-- My daughter Miss Hamilton went to The City to day to see her; to take her to The Opera; and to invite her here-- It would be hardly a kindness to induce a young Lady to visit The Country at this inclement season The Ground is covered with snow, without giving us sleighing--
The Evening Post has come out earnestly against The Banking system.-- The Tribune is in its favor / The Times is non committal.2 Taking with Bank men who are instructed on the subject I find that your views to The cost of Gold and The Currency are approved. The latter is certainly not debased by redundancy--
The great fact--That there is an enormous increase in the amount required by the wages to the army, for its support, and transportation Is not taken into view in determin-3 The extent required in addition to the ordinary exchanges.