Report on cotton for prison, New Orleans, 1862
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Moses Bates, superintending and financial agent of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Baton Rouge, reported to Gen. George F. Shepley on the need for cotton to keep prisoners employed and to bring in income for the prison.
He told Shepley, a Mainer who was serving as military governor of Louisiana, that meeting the prison needs required "a positive order forbidding any officer or private in the army from engaging in the cotton trade, and prohibiting the Army transports from freighting cotton until the Penitentiary is supplied."