Concerning Benjamin F. Flanders 
Gen. Banks thinks Mr. Montague, while a good man would scarcely be active enough for Flander's place. He thinks Col. Frank W. Howe would be better.
 AD, DLC-RTL. The supplied date is that given to the memorandum by The Library of Congress. On the verso of the manuscript Lincoln merely endorsed ``Flanders.'' Neither Montague nor Frank W. Howe have been further identified. Benjamin F. Flanders had been defeated for governor of Louisiana in 1864, but remained special agent of the Treasury Department at New Orleans (U.S. Official Register, 1865).