Plate wrapper, June 20, 1862

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.
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Object Name
date made
associated person
Butler, Benjamin Franklin
Chase, Salmon Portland
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
wax (part material)
overall: 9 3/16 in x 15 in; 23.368 cm x 38.1 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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