GEORGE S. DENISONTo Hon. Salmon P. Chase Secretary of the Treasury
|Denison had written on March 25. Godfrey Weitzel ( 1835-84) was a brigadier general of volunteers. DAB, 19616-17; Denison to Chase, Mar. 25, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|Banks had assumed command of Federal forces in the Department of the Gulf on December 16, 1862. For examples of such criticism, see Denison to Chase, January 8 and March 7, 1863 (above). Long, Civil War Day by Day, 297.|
|Confederate fire sank the USS Mississippi at Port Hudson on March 14. The USS Kinsman sank in Berwick Bay, February 23, 1863, after striking a snag. The USS Hatteras went down after an attack off Galveston, Tex., by the CSS Alabama. All three Federal ships were side-wheeled steamers. For the Confederates' capture of Galveston and the Harriet Lane, see Denison's letter of January 8, 1863 (above). ORN, ser. 2, v. 1:100, 122, 146.|
|The extracts of military orders that follow are from a newspaper clipping Denison attached to his letter. As indicated by the extracts, Special Orders No. 82 levied taxes in the New Orleans area for "general hospital purposes." New York Tribune, Apr. 9, 1863.|
|Lt. Col. Richard Biddle Irwin (d. 1892), assistant adjutant general in the Department of the Gulf. Heitman, Historical Register, 1:565; OR, ser. 1, v. 15:654.|
|Here the printed attachment ends. Denison's handwritten letter resumes with the next sentence.|
|Benjamin Rush Plumly apparently served at this time on the staff of Nathaniel Banks. Appletons', 5:43.|
|Denison clearly disdained New York chiropodist Isacher Zacharie (d. 1897), a British native and Jew described by Denison as "an Israelite indeed" and "a humbug." Some months earlier Zacharie had alleviated Abraham Lincoln's foot problems, and in New Orleans the chiropodist collected information for the president and became a confidant of General Banks. In Denison's opinion Zacharie engaged in questionable trade activities and his role as presidential envoy was a sham. Later, Zacharie attempted to serve as an intermediary to initiate talks between the U.S. and Confederate governments. Denison to Chase, Feb. 1, 5, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Bertram Wallace Korn, American Jewry and the Civil War ( Philadelphia, 1951), 194-202; Basler, Collected Works, 5:436; New York Dir. ( 1864), 953.|
Letter in clerk's hand, signed by Johnson. Chase Papers, Library of Congress (micro 55:0957).
Washington City March 29th. 1863.
Hon S. P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 26th. inst, transmitting certain "Regulations of Trade & Intercourse between inhabitants of states in insurrection and of the other states" &c, and requesting that I should make such suggestions "for their correction or improvement" as might occur to me.1