Gen. G.F. Shepley on diplomatic relations, New Orleans, 1862Item 73721 info
Maine Historical Society
A continuing issue -- for residents of Louisiana and for the Union forces -- was seizure of property or assets that would aid the Confederate cause.
Shepley wrote to Secretary of State Edwin M. Stanton in September 1862 about $800,000 that Gen. Benjamin Butler had seized from the Consul of the Netherlands.
Shepley wrote that the money would be returned and assured Stanton that he would "endeavor in my intercourse with the foreign consuls in new Orleans as far as possible to avoid any causes of irritation."