Charles E. Bunnell
9318 Fairway Ct
La Plata, MD 20646
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Copyright 1997 Charles E. Bunnell
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The Bunnell Newspaper Clippings
SRC NO. N16
NEWSPAPER: Unknown; possibly Whitney Point NY Reporter
TALES OF CIVIL WAR DAYS
Yankee Tricks Related by H. Bunnell
In Frank Leslie's newspaper of April 16, 1862, is the following incident:
The government detectives found an ingenious Yankee was printing a large amount of Confederate Treasury notes mostly of larger denominations. He seemed surprised that he should be interfered with. He said he was engaged in crippling the Confederate Treasury as he thought that was their weakest point. He said, "You see, these are better than the original which are worthless and are unauthorized by law, so I am not counterfeiting. I have not attempted to pass them as money and really I cannot see how I am doing wrong."
But the detective said, "You were sending them to the enemy." The Yankee then owned up that he was sending them south to flood the south and when they discovered that they were spurious it would destroy their confidence. It was learned that he had sent several hundred thousand dollars' worth through via Tennessee and sold them for 30 to 50 cents on the dollar. The case was duly reported to Secretary Seward who frankly admitted it was the toughest case he had had during the war. Samples of the genuine and bogus were shown and it was freely admitted that the Yank had got up a better article which was hard to detect.
In the paper of July 5, 1862, with General Banks' army the batterymen were out to get horses for the government and giving receipts for them. One of the batterymen, seeing a fine brick house some distance off, said: "Captain, I'll get you a horse." Going around, he rushed up to the house and said, "the Yanks are after me! For God's sake, give me a horse." (He had on an Indian rubber suit that concealed his uniform.) The owner of the house, who was a stout secessionist, showed great sympathy and said he guessed he could fix him out. They rushed to the stable and found a good looking stallion, but one foot was a little sore. "That won't do. The Yanks have got better horses than that and they will catch me sure." "Well, I have got a better one than that," said the secessionist, and they went to a small building where he had a magnificent bay horse. Hurriedly he put on the saddle and bridle and bade the batteryman to take him and be off and God bless him. Quickly man and horse were out of sight and, detouring, were soon with the batterymen. The horse was one of the best in the department and as he was a free gift from a secessionist it hardly belonged to the government.
H. E. BUNNELL,
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