From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/19/1862, p. 3, c. 1


This officer is exhibiting some tactic of character, now that he is here in captivity, which might be considered unbecoming even if his rank were lower. After being transferred from the Spotswood Hotel to the prison on 18th street, he sent back for some articles of clothing which he said he had left behind, but they could be nowhere found. The General subsequently requested the steward of the prison to purchase him some clothing, and wrote his order, as follows:

"For Gen. McCall – One woolen shirt, collar 13 inches; one pair drawers, two cambric handkerchiefs, one pair socks."

The purchases were duly made, and the steward, presuming that a Federal Major-General would not wear inferior garments, procured the best that could be found, paying prices that have been established through the interference of the Yankee Government in our seaport trade, and which we all submit to with as good grace as possible. Not so, however, with Gen. McCall. When the articles were carried to him, he rebelled against the transaction altogether, refusing to receive the goods he had ordered and to pay the bill. The consequence was that the steward was compelled to return them to the merchant or keep them himself, either alternative being disagreeable enough. It is impossible to conjecture what expedient the General will next resort to for the replenishment of his wardrobe.

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