Mr. Pitts ,Thank you for that desertation.It means alott.Thank you indeed.I tried to search the site using the search tool given and came up with nothing.Perhaps the spelling his name outright was the problem.Politics are involved as at least in the case of the prisoners held for long periods. It was my understanding that Jeff Davis against the wishes of the congress held all officers captured after Dec.25,1862 indefinately,stopping the Dix/Hill cartel because of treatment of CSA prisoners and something to do with Hartsville,TN.a flag of truce ignored.Col.A.B.Moore 104IL.Inf. and a Capt.D.A.Briggs 2ndInd.Cav.were amoung those held under gaurd with Lt.J.F.Elliott.I believe they were captured at Hartsville.So this was not Col.Lee's own doings.It looks to me as a minor player afraid to do anything without orders from above.The proverbial ,"Just enough rope to hang himself," type thing.In the case of my GGGrandfather even C.G.Meminger wrote the President to ask how should they be tried in a civilian or military court. When the Oct.13,1862 law is clear they were to be tried in a military court.The officers held from Stones River at least around 75 of them were transfered to Libby Feb.26,1863 to be exchanged for 300 civilians held from Virginia a little latter on. My GGGrandfather escaped at the Conyers Station. Col.Lee was dropped and the Treasury agents to report to Memminger directly.This was a money issue not a ability one.
Corespondence of the Treasury Dept.:Letter,C.G.Memminger to G.W.Lee,
Sir:The appropiations made by Congress make it requisite to contract the scale upon which our detectives of the Treasury notes must act.You will please,therefore, cut down the arrangements so as to leave Mr.Gilbert for Atlanta,Mr.McGiboney for Alabama, and Mr.Burton for Texas.The rest had better be dismissed immediately.It seems to me that,under the circumstances,these three will keep the counterfiets in check.
Upon so small a scale,and without the means of offering you an adequate position, it also seems best that the agents should report directly to the Department.
Mr.Gilbert stated the counterfiets started showing up in Chattanooga upon the arrival of Bragg's abolishionist prisoners. Where approximently $380.00 was confiscated(turned over) after an explanation of the law.The bill my GGGrandfather had was produced in Philadelphia by Sam Upton a exact copy of a Blanton Duncan Note. He sold under the auspis of the fact fac-simillie confederate note was imprinted in the lower margin and didn't proport to be authentic.Men would trim this off and the note easily passed.
I must say here that Lt.John F. Elliott was an honest man and never held any of the fac-simillie notes for himself.He had recieved two notes the early morning of Dec.31,1862 to hold as a bet between Sgt. and a Pvt.that it was not the pvt.s turn for picket duty. The Sgt. said it was. Just then," things got lively and exciting"the picket over run the two men recieved mortal wounds and John F. Elliott wounded and captured.He passed the note as a joke to another officer and it was that officer who passed to a local merchant for a boiled shirt. The merchant detected the fruad and that officer was arrested. Feeling he at fault tried to explain to Col.Lee where he too was arrested.His escape in violation of his parole was due to threats he was to be hung.
First Confederate Congress,Second Session,Senate diliberations on Aug.19,1862----They are as superior to us in low cunning as they are inferior in courage.Wherever their armies have entered our territory,they have scattered these counterfiets.---
Does anyone know of a Jewish merchant (cleaners)close to the Masonic Lodge in Atlanta?
I'm sorry I get carried away. If anyone finds anything concerning this issue I would be gratefull.Thank You!