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Letter signed Fred S. Winslow, St. Louis, to "My dear General," November 18, 1863

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Identifier: D06808

Title: Letter signed Fred S. Winslow, St. Louis, to "My dear General," November 18, 1863

Description: Mentions damning report made against him by the Cotton Court.

Transcription: Novbr 18 1863

My dear General, Being here on a furlough, I learned with sorrow and surprised that in spite of all we knew and all we saw published, a most damming Report has been made by the Cotton Court against my old Chief as also against me. I met Gratz Brown on the street this eve, and he quickly pulled out a letter received from you this morning, describing your visit at the Presidents and the effect of the same, and we jointly rejoiced at at for all your warm and noble friendship for the great good man in Keokuk had prompted you to say and do – for which you have our thanks and blessings. I have seen a great many things and great many men since we met, and I had a large sphere of observation in the Department of the


Cumberland — but the more men I see, high in rank, high in name and fame, the more I am confirmed in my previous appreciation of Samuel R Curtis — than whom none occupy a more elevated standpoint as pure, devoted, disinterested and farseeing patriot and states man.

Life is full of Irony! Today I read the NYork[New York] “Times” and “Tribune” of 14th inst, giving a statement of the distribution of the prize money of the steamer Memphis, and steamers Brittania[Britannia] & Victory. Look at the fortunes made: The Commandant of the U.S. str “Magnolia” gets for his share $ 33.318 55/100 and the Commandant of the U.S. str St Jago de Cuba gets $23.484 71/100. Every commissioned and noncommissioned officer gets from 3 to 5000 Dollars, even the Coalheaven[Coalhaven] get each $1.736 85/100, the “first class Boys each $467 67/100, each ordinary seaman $1350 83 —


Now, all these men are paid — and paid liberally — for their services in the way of salaries and wages. But if some contraband property comes in their way, they are the legal recipients of big fortunes, and everybody congratulates and — envies them. But if an officer or Soldier of the Army comes across a few abandoned bales of Cotton, or buys them for his own money and at his own risk for a small sum — lo! he is courtmartialled and possibly dishonored. What an inconsistency! The one’s honor is the other’s dishonor — there is surely some wrong, and Congress ought to make the patriotism of our Navy men as cheap and disinterested as enacted from our Army men.

My family has been increased since you since last honored us with your visit. Some 3 weeks ago a


fine 12 pounder made his appearance (in times of war there is nothing between 6 and 12 pounders!) My dear wife has been up and around over a week ago but took a cold yesterday, the effects of which is however already wearing away today. The boys name is Henry Curtis Winslow, as a tribute of love and respect to the Chief and his departed son, my dear friend Hy. Z.

I am happy to learn that you have made the acquaintance of my brother-in-law Major C.T. Christensen there. A more wholesouled, noble and warmhearted man you will rarely meet with, and I hope opportunities will occur where you mutually can bask in the sunshine of each others company.

Please present my dutiful compliments to your good Lady — you are often spoken of here, and much regretted by a host of friends, who miss your cheerful face and warm heart on your lips.

Your devoted Servant

Fred Winslow

My P.O. box here is 2496. —

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1863-11-18

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Winslow, Fred S.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865


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