Thomas Bennett A U S Mail Carrier Disloyal
As our work progressed, we accumulated from Confederate mail, refugees
and deserters, a mass of information as to the disloyalty of persons,
which was carefully tabulated in a pigeonhole cabinet; we were
constantly referring to it.
Headquarters, Middle Department,
8th Army Corps.
Baltimore, Aug. 17, 1864.
I have information that a Thomas Bennett, U. S. mail carrier
between Princess Ann and Newtown is in the Confederate service
and is engaged to carry letters, &c., for them.
Let Smith put a sharp detective after him. Mr. E. J. Smith
will talk with you about it.
Major General Commanding.
Washington, Sept. 16, 1864.
Mr. J. P. Gulick, policeman at the Capitol grounds, gives
information to the Department that Samuel Miles, a wholesale
forwarding merchant in Baltimore, has been engaged in sending
goods to the South.
Mr. Gulick lived at Wicomico Creek for some time during the
war and while there observed the transaction, the goods coming
to that point direct from Miles, and being from there run over
into Little River by Samuel Langford, Miles's nephew.
The following is a Confederate letter addressed to Samuel G. Miles,
referred to by Mr. Gulick. Miles was a merchant in high standing
commercially. The letter is reproduced literally:
Feby. 29, 1864.
Sir.--I take this privaledge to write to you asking the favour
of you to send me by the gentleman that may hand you this
letter to send me a few articles, you are well aware of our
condition as to getting grocerys or a great many other things.
Mr. Miles you will confer a great favour upon me to let me
have a barril of sugar, one bag of coffee, 5 lbs. of tea, 15
gal. of Rye Whiskey.
I would have sent money but you know that our money would not
be of any survace to you. But if you send the above articles
whether I get them or no you shall certainly be paid.
I was very sorry that I could not see you when you pass
through to Richmond, as it would have afforded me great
pleasure to have you at my house.
Give my respects to Mr. Langford and all enquiring friends. If
it is not in your power to send the above name articles you
will do me the favour to present this letter to Mr. Thomas
Lumking and perhaps he may send them. By so doing you will
HENRY D. BARRICK.
Mr. Samuel G. Miles.
The quantity of rye whiskey, compared to the other articles seemed
pretty large. It reminds me of the story of the sloop captain who sent
his man for supplies for a trip. The man brought two loaves of bread and
a gallon of whiskey, at which the captain growled out "what made you buy
so much bread?"
And here is another Confederate letter:
Oct. 24, 1864.
Dear Sir.--I have been waiting very anxiously to hear if you
had succeeded in making the arrangements with Allison to take
us to Baltimore.
If it is possible to get Allison or any other person with a
schooner to make the trip to Baltimore and bring back goods,
make the arrangement for the trip and let me know when I am to
come down and I will come prepared to make the trip.
Any goods you may wish to bring I will take through in my
name. Let me hear from you as soon as you can hear from
Your obdt. servant,
Dr. E. POWELL.
Cor. Main & 10th Sts.,