asst. special agent, Treasury Dept., had written to USG. "Your attention is respectfully called to the following 'Notice' as published in the Nashville Union of this date, viz: 'Notice—Eight thousand pounds of cotton will be sold at public sale, at Tullahoma, at 3 P. M., on Monday, the 15th inst J C. WIL‐ LIAMS Capt and Provost Marshal.' I know nothing more of the transaction referred to than what the 'Notice' itself discloses. If the Cotton offered for sale is 'Captured Cotton' or 'Abandoned Cotton' collected by the Military at Tullahoma, or even 'seized Cotton,' General order No 88 from the Hon. Secretary of War requires that the same be turned over to an Agent of the Treasury Department and disposed of in conformity to Treasury Regulations. Your authority is asked that the sale may be stopped, and that an order be issued requiring the Cotton to be turned over, &c I hold myself in readiness to execute the receipts required by the Treasury Regulations and the Order of the Secretary of War." ALS, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. On Feb. 14, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "The Cotton advertised for Sale in Tullahoma was taken in payment of Tax on Citizens of Lincoln County for murder of soldiers by Guerrillas pursuant to Gen. orders No 6 from these Head Quarters Cannot the Cotton be sold for That purpose as advertised or how shall we proceed to get the Money for it" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received ; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. On the same day, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum telegraphed to USG. "The Cotton was taken and avertised to be sold at public sale pursuant to Gen'l Orders number six Dept. of the Cumberland. I have ordered the sale stopped the proceeds of the sale were directed in the order to be paid to proceed to realize any money from the Cotton—" Copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Slocum. "The sale of cotton under the order you refer to is right My dispatch was on the report of Treasury Agent supposing it to be confiscated by Government." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Sent; (addressed to Thomas, dated Feb. 15) ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received.
Nashville Feb.y 14th/64
I have just rec'd a letter from Dr. Hewitt to you which I opened not noticing to whom it was directed. There is one from Hunt which I also enclose.
I am now occupying a room just across the street from the office where I am more comfortably fixed than I have been before during the War. The family where I board, and lodge, consists only of an elderly gentleman & his wife, son-in-law and his wife