Supplier to the Confederacy: S. Isaac Campbell & Co, London
The story of Jewish entrepreneur Samuel Isaac and his founding of the commission house of S. Isaac, Campbell & Co in London in the 1850s. The story follows the firm through their inception to setting up one of the first shoe factories in England, to becoming the main supplier of military goods to the British army, through to being banned by army authorities for alleged corruption at the British army's Weedon Bec storehouse in Northamptonshire.Into all this in 1861, came one Captain Caleb Huse, Chief Purchasing Agent for the newly formed Ordnance Department for the Confederate States Government at the outbreak of the American Civil War.Huse quickly started to buy the enormous amounts of war materiel through S. Isaac, Campbell & Co, which was desperately needed by the largely agrarian Southern states in the struggle with the largely industrialised North.This is the story of Huse's dealings with S. Isaac, Campbell & Co, and of the alleged corruption charges brought against Huse and SIC & Co by fellow Southern agents that would virtually bring all arms procurement to a stop at the time the Confederacy needed them most.Also included are newly uncovered letters and documents relating to the Weedon Bec scandal, as well as original SIC&Co invoices for war materiel to the Confederate States.
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