Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Thieves Among Helena's Yankee Officers

The Spoils of the Victors: Captain Ferdinand Winslow and the 1863 Curtis Court of Inquiry

 THE EVENING of October 3, 1861, the 32-year-old quarter-master Ferdinand Winslow of Marion, Iowa, walked across Ben-ton Barracks’s rolling campground on his way to the encampment center. There, on the outskirts of St. Louis in a shining white villa encircled by a snow-white fence, Brigadier General Samuel Ryan Curtis, “a very fine looking elderly Gentleman,” had made his temporary headquarters.1 From his military home Curtis fol-lowed camp activities, but this particular evening the command-ing officer’s duty took a backseat to leisure. Thus, Winslow, ac-companying his commanding officer in the Ninth Iowa Infantry Regiment, William Vandever, spent a pleasant, musical evening at Curtis’s house, subsequently reporting home that he “was in-vited to come and go in the house any time.”

Or an even better title:  How freed blacks in Helena were screwed by Union officers.  Click the link below for the
entire story.

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