Hon S. P. Chase Secretary of the Treasury
I have just learned that all available troops have started for Baton Rouge. Perhaps the attack comes off soon.
Your Obedient Servant
GEORGE S. DENISON
|1.||Denison had mentioned plans for the expedition in his letter to Chase on February 12. Denison to Chase, Feb. 12, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Chase to Denison, March 3, 1863 (above).|
|2.||A letter from Denison on March 14 discussed his internal revenue work, the pending Federal attack on Port Hudson, and arrangements approved by Nathaniel P. Banks to employ freed slaves. He urged the selection of an assessor of internal revenue "at once." William H. Higgins received the appointment. Denison to Chase, Mar. 14, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Register of Officers (1863), 41.|
Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. Letters Received from Executive Officers (AB Series), General Records, Department of the Treasury (Record Group 56), National Archives (micro 25:0685).
Attorney General's Office,
Washington, March 11, 1863
Hon S. P. Chase
Secretary of the Treasury
You have already seen in the newspapers, a statement to the effect that the Supreme Court has determined the two questions of great public interest, in favor of the Government.
I mean the Prize cases, and the tax cases, so called.1
In the Prize cases, the Court affirmed the two great points which we contended for, as necessary to the public safety & clearly lawful--that is, first, the legality of the blockade; and second, that property coming from the States in open insurrection, and within the Scope of the President's proclamation, is enemy's property.
These two points, substantially, cover all that I claimed for the Government.
I regret that the Court was not unanimous. There was a dissenting opinion, upon certain points in the case, delivered by Mr Justice Nelson, in which, I believe three other of the judges concurred.2 Still the opinion of the Court, delivered by Judge Grier,3 is all that we need, and I do not doubt that "it will stand the test of human scruteny, of talents, and of time."
In the tax case (the claim of the State of New York to tax the public securities of the Nation) I am happy to inform you that the court was