Friday 31st [sic, August 1861]
Richard Wallach a black republican has been made mayor of Washington in place of Mr. Berret.
A guard has been placed in Mrs Phillips house and in Mrs Greenhow’s.
One of my sick soldiers turns out to be a black man servant in one of the regiments. Sent them some breakfast this morning.
It is about impossible to get change now. We have Corporation notes for fifty cents and it is very hard to buy twenty five cents worth of any thing. The shop men have resorted to the expedient of giving due bills. The following is a copy of one I received yesterday.
Cunningham’s Cash Dry Goods Store.
Due the Bearer
William H. Cunningham & Co.
August 30th 1861