Bygones of Monroe:
Trouble in the Camp
There appears to have been a little difficulty in the camp of the Fifteenth Regiment lately, of which the Sutler is said to have been the cause. Some of the Captains accused him of imposing upon their men by over charging them, and by furnishing worthless articles. Among other practices he is said to be guilty of, is that of charging the soldiers five cents each for three-cent postage stamps – Detroit Advertiser
We have heard similar complaints against the sutler form the soldiers themselves. Besides charging five cent stamps, he is said to charge two or three times as much for most articles as the same can be obtained for in the city. We believe sutlers are among the abominations of camp life, and ought to be suppressed.
(Monroe Commercial, February 6, 1862, Page 3, Column 1)