George Stanton Denison served as Collector of Internal Revenue in New Orleans during the Civil War. The correspondence in this collection includes letters between Denison and Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury; Dudley Chase Denison, later a member of Congress (1875-79); and other associates and friends. In his letters, Denison describes the general mood in New Orleans, economic problems, and other political issues. The collection also contains an article entitled "The Southern Rebellion" from Vermont's Burlington Free Press, and a copy of an Aug. 9, 1864 letter from Lincoln to General Nathaniel P. Banks concerning support for the new constitution adopted in Louisiana.
The originals of these letters, of which the Illinois Historical Survey has photocopies, are from the George S. Denison Papers in the Library of Congress.