further, if you would only express precisely in your order what you meant (as he supposed) to exclude these Jew traders it would be all right. You will see by the paper I send you they moved in regard to it in our House yesterday, but they did not make anything by it. All the democrats were fierce to censure your action. We have just got the news of Sherman's repulse and all feel badly." ALS, USG 3. No reply by USG to this letter is known, and the issue apparently submerged until the presidential campaign of 1868. See letter to Isaac N. Morris, Sept. 14, 1868.
Head Quarters, 13th Army Corps.
Dept of the Tennessee
Oxford, Dec 17th 1862
HON. C. P. WOLCOTT
ASST. SECTY OF WAR
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I have long since believed that in spite of all the vigilance that can be infused into Post Commanders that the Specie regulations of the Treasury Dept. have been violated, and that mostly by Jews and other unprincipled traders. So well satisfied of this have I been that I instructed the Commdg Officer at Columbus to refuse all permits to Jews to come south, and frequently have had them expelled from the Dept. But they come in with their Carpet sacks in spite of all that can be done to prevent it. The Jews seem to be a privileged class that can travel any where. They will land at any wood yard or landing on the river and make their way through the country. If not permitted to buy Cotton themselves they will act a Agents for some one else who will be at a Military post, with a Treasury permit to receive Cotton and pay for it in Treasury notes which the Jew will buy up at an agreed rate, paying gold.
There is but one way that I know of to reach this case. That is for Government to buy all the Cotton at a fixed rate and send