St. Louis southern sympathizer contests local tax to help refugees and lands in jail, with his lawyer
St. Louis, Missouri, under Union martial law, had received many refugees who had fled from Confederate control in the south-east of the state. General Henry Halleck ordered a mandatory assessment of relief funds for them from leading St. Louis citizens who openly supported the southern cause. Samuel Engler, a leading merchant, brought his lawyer to contest this arbirary tax and both men were immediately arrested and sent to a military prison. Engler was then ordered out of Union-held Missouri. After this event , the assessments were generally paid. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1862), IV: 16.