Col. George F. Shepley of Maine, military commandant of New Orleans, which the Union Army occupied, received much correspondence from people looking for work, people seeking remuneration for property seized by the Union Army, and people, like Henry A. Sample, offering advice.
Sample discussed the cotton economy, debt, unreliable newspaper reports, and the prevalence of "musketoes having a full chance at me." He noted that he lacked sleep because of the pesky insects.
Sample, who wrote a number of times to Shepley, may have been from Maine.
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