The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VOL. XIX OCTOBER, 1915 No. 2
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contributors to THE QUARTERLY
ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS OF THE CONFEDERATE
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
I
L. R. GARRISON
I. ORGANIZATION AND RELATED PROBLEMS
When John H. Reagan, delegate from Texas to the Provisional
Congress of the Confederate States, on March 6, 1861, accepted
his appointment as postmaster-general in Jefferson Davis's cab-
inet, he was first confronted with the task of providing, in its
entirety, a central office force for the general administration of
the great postal system which had not yet been taken over from
the United States government. The energetic Texan lost no time.
On the way home from his meeting with the President, Reagan
met H. P. Brewster, a lawyer of South Carolina, whom he im-
mediately engaged to go to Washington on business concerning
the organization of the post office department. That same day
Brewster was sent to Washington with letters to various impor-
tant persons, among whom were St. George Offutt, chief clerk
in the office of the sixth auditor; Benjamin Clements, chief clerk
to the postmaster-general; Joseph Lewis, head of the bond divi-
sion in the post office department; Captain Schwartzman, head of
the dead letter office; Mr. McNair, of the finance bureau; and Mr.
Hobby, the third assistant postmaster-general. These men Rea-
gan asked to accept positions in the Post Office Department of
the Confederate States, and to bring South with them "copies of

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