Report on concealed guns, equipment, New Orleans, 1862Item 70955 info
Maine Historical Society
While Shepley did not directly command troops, he was kept apprised of troop activity and often was involved in issues related to the security of the Union-occupied areas of Louisiana.
Shepley received a letter from Col. F. S. Nickerson of the 14th Maine Volunteers who wrote to Col. Nathan Dudley, assistant military commandant of New Orleans, to report that he had "positive information" about concealed equipment and guns that had been taken from the Marine Hospital when Union forces arrived in New Orleans.
He sought permission to search for the items and take them as contraband of war.