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Counterfeiters And The Arrest Of Mrs Beverly Tucker





Richmond had fallen, Lee had surrendered and the end was near.
Disbandment and readjustment, to a civil basis, was then in order.
Whatever work I did after this was of that character. I was no longer to
chase my dream of crippling Mosby. Probably he did not know I lived. He
might have smiled at my proposition, but I enjoyed the dream
nevertheless.


Headquarters, Middle Department,
8th Army Corps.
Office Provost Marshal,
Baltimore, May 13, 1865.

Lieut. H. B. Smith.

Sir.--From what I can learn there are several gangs of
counterfeiters of United States currency in this city, driving
a good trade. I had the name and description of one of them
but have lost it.

I now find that a certain John Mitchell (whom I know) engaged
with a huxter in Washington, D. C., by name Henry High, knows
all the particulars.

Mitchell will not come to this city as he is afraid of being
arrested, upon what charge I do not know.

Yours,
WM. L. HOPKINS.


This was a new field for me and I delved into the matter with success.
Counterfeit money, in slang, is called "queer," and those who pass it on
the public are called "shovers." Its manufacturer never "shoves" it, but
sells it in quantities to small shop keepers, car conductors, and
others, at a certain percentage of its face value--50 per cent. quite
usually; the percentage, however, depends on whether it is well done or
not.

Ramsey, at No. 146 Sixth Street, below Race Street, Philadelphia, was a
medium. It was represented that the headquarters of the product was at
Mahanoy City, Pa. I bought twenty-five dollars, face value, in
twenty-five cent fractional currency very well done.

This was now a matter to be submitted to the Treasury Department, which
I accordingly did, which was the reason for the following:


Headquarters, Middle Department,
8th Army Corps.
Office Provost Marshal,
Baltimore, June 15, 1865.

Special Order No. 86.

1st Lieut. H. B. Smith, Assistant Provost Marshal, will
immediately proceed to Washington, D. C., for the purpose of
conferring with the Hon H. McCullogh, Secretary of the
Treasury.

On accomplishing the object of his visit, he will immediately
report to these headquarters.

By command of Major General Wallace.

JOHN WOOLLEY,
Lt. Col & Pro. Marshal.

Lieut. H. B. Smith,
Asst. Provost Marshal.




Headquarters, Middle Department,
8th Army Corps.
Office Provost Marshal,
Baltimore, May 25, 1865.
12 P. M.

Lt. H. B. Smith,
Asst. Provost Marshal.

You will proceed to the Norfolk Boat, "Lary Line," foot of
Frederick Street, to-morrow morning, with a guard of one
officer and twenty men, and carry out the instructions given
you in compliance with orders of the Hon. Secretary of War.

By command of Major General Wallace.

JOHN WOOLLEY,
Lt. Col. & Pro. Marshal.


The above was an interesting case. The party to be apprehended was a
young officer, described as very youthful in appearance, who had shot
and killed a private soldier under very aggravating circumstances. He
ordered the soldier to do a menial service, and killed him for refusing.

The steamboat had three hundred or four hundred passengers. We did not
want to delay innocent persons, so I allowed all to pass off who were of
age sufficient to warrant the conclusion that they were not wanted. Then
I searched the boat and found a mere boy who appeared to be not over
fourteen years old; he was the one wanted. He had been tried and
convicted, and was on his way to jail (I think the Albany penitentiary)
when he escaped. We started him on again under a guard. When in the
Thirtieth Street station of the Hudson River Railroad, in New York City,
he was permitted to go into a water closet alone. He never came out the
door. He must have crawled out through the window, though it seemed not
large enough to permit even a boy's egress. The guards became frightened
and deserted. No one ever heard of either prisoner or guards so far as
I know. This boy officer was certainly living a charmed life.


Headquarters, Middle Department,
8th Army Corps.
Office Provost Marshal,
Baltimore, May 25, 1865.

Mrs. Beverly Tucker will be arrested. Seize and search her
baggage for papers, and also cause strict examination to be
made to discover any papers concealed on her person. Much
depends on your diligence and skill in executing this order.

Watch carefully what companions she has, if any, male or
female, and cause similar search to be made of such persons.

By command of Major General Wallace.

JOHN WOOLLEY,
Lt. Col. & Pro. Marshal.

To
Lt. H. B. Smith,
Asst. Provost Marshal.





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