Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, a Portland lawyer who was serving as military governor of Louisiana, wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton concerning correspondence between the State Department and the Spanish minister.
The Spanish government apparently was protesting an incident or incidents at the home of Spanish citizens Mssrs. Avendano.
Shepley explained that the brothers were engaged in trade with the "Confederate Government so called" to supply arms and munitions imported from Havana in return for cotton, in violation of the Union blockade.
Union forces had seized a Confederate ship, the Fox, its cargo and a bank draft for £1900, which Shepley reported were the proceeds of the cotton cargo that was part of the deal with the Spanish.
The letter is a copy of the one Shepley sent.
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