Arrest That Man!

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By mail 11 am Apl 11th  New Orleans Mch 31st 1865
N Orleans March 31st for Br Genl E
D Townsend A AG Washn . It
is important that the person of Mr
I H Stevens local special agent of
the U S Treasury at Natchez Miss
be seized & sent to this place
for trial for complicity in private cotton
speculation while A public officer W F Smith
Maj Genl U S V President special
commission

Maintaining authority in occupied New Orleans was challenging enough, and the U.S. government took allegations of private speculation by public officers seriously, as this telegram demanding the arrest of I.H. Stevens demonstrates.

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