Bygones of Monroe:
The Sutler at Camp Monroe
Since our last issue we have been called on by the Sutler of the Mulligan regiment, who feels aggrieved at the publication of our item last week and thinks it does him injustice. He says the way they do business is to issue tickets to the soldiers, each ticket calling for five cents in trade. In some instances he has posted letters for the soldiers, receiving a five cent ticket in payment, but when money has been offered for a stamp has never charged more than its face. He has also refused to sell stamps at any price for tickets, (except when the letters were presented for posting) although having frequently been offered fifteen or twenty, or more, five cent tickets for an equal amount of three cent stamps. As the Sutler is obliged to wait a number of months for his pay, he cannot be expected to furnish the soldiers with stamps, any more than with other goods, without realizing a profit.
(Monroe Commercial, February 20, 1862, Page 3, Column 1)