Broken Hearted Crying Angel
Golden Hour with a broken heart in the sky.
A plan to fund an orphanage was devised to buy Southern Cotton with Confederate money, take it to New York and sell it for Greenbacks, and take the profit and apply it to the project. The only problem with that plan, it was illegal to buy and sell cotton by that time of the war. Illegal, that is, unless you had the express consent of the Government.
Teasdale was the perfect emissary to get Confederate President Jefferson Davis' permission since Teasdale was acquainted with Davis from the time Teasdale pastored a church in Washington D.C. during Davis's senatorial days. So it was easy to get his signature. But that was only half the problem.
Permission to SELL the cotton also had to be obtained from the US Government. Again, Teasdale was the man because he knew LINCOLN personally from his early days of pastoring in Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln had his law practice.
Long story really, really short, Teasdale got the signatures of both presidents on the same document. But on the way home, Lee surrendered to Grant. And after that, no amount of Confederate currency would by anything, anymore. So there went the cotton plan.
But if you wanted to raise money today, just find and sell that document Dr. Teasdale managed to get with both Jefferson Davis' and Abraham Lincoln's signatures on it.
A courageous man of deed and not merely word: no wonder he was loved so much the angels themselves wept at his death.