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Ala was under your orders & so he could do nothing for him. Chaplain Goodfellow says on his endorsement that Mr. Selzner had been reported a secessionist, which report to the Chaplain is at minimum a misrepresentation if not done ridiculous Jealousy or sentiments more than this Mr. Selzner is no more a secessionist as I am. he is I am proud to state a personal friend of mine, whom I can surely say of that he had never anything to do with either one of the parties opposing each other in the struggle of the Rebellion.

Further more he is a french subject & I do not believe that the Govt has a right to take possession of his property whatever.

Trusting General that you grant my request and restore the property of Mr. Selzner at once

I have the honor to be
Very Respectfully
your obdt Servant
Henry Osterhold
Asst to Chf Eng. Dist of Ten.

A true Copy
Edwin Beecher
Brvt Lieut Col. U S.V
Asst Comr.
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