Plate wrapper, June 20, 1862

Description
On June 22, 1862, U.S. Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase received this package that came from Union-occupied New Orleans. General Benjamin Butlerr’s wax seals covered the front ensuring that the valuable contents would remain undisturbed. The package contained four engraved steel plates used to print Confederate notes, the South’s financial lifeblood. The loss of those plates, seized after New Orleans fell in late April 1862, was a blow to Confederate sovereignty and solvency. Butler had quickly sent them to Washington, D.C. as trophies.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
wrapper
date made
1862-06-20
associated person
Butler, Benjamin Franklin
Chase, Salmon Portland
maker
unknown
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
wax (part material)
Measurements
overall: 9 3/16 in x 15 in; 23.368 cm x 38.1 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
NU*35531
catalog number
35531
accession number
91728
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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