This is a very condensed synopsis of his article, interspersed with questions for future researchers.
As a bit of background, I need to show that in the 1861 England Census, we find E. H. Saltiel living with his mother and grandmother at 46 Crispin St, Artillery, Spitalfields, Middlesex England. It shows he was age 16 and a "warehouseman."
Crispin St is located close to Aldgate where his grandmother, Rachel (Hart) Harris was born.
Being a "draper" would make sense as the area where they lived in the 1861 census was an area of silk manufacture.
Here are a couple of questions for future researchers to ponder. It has been written by others that E. H. Saltiel had a university degree and had military experience in England. How did he do that by the age of 18? In England, high school is sometimes called "university". So that would explain how it has been said that he has a university degree - it is merely a high school diploma.
But the military service - how much did he have, what kind, when did he enroll? No proof has been uncovered to date of any military service in England. Only what he tells us in the US military records.
In Aug, 1863, he is listed in the US Civil War Draft. Living at 7th & Chestnut St, St Louis. His occupation is Peddler. His is unmarried. Shows his place of birth as “U. S.” Age 21 in August 1863 makes him born before August 1841 and we know he was born in 1844 in England.
ST. LOUIS • A wagon escorted by Union soldiers pulled up to a fashionable home on Chestnut at Seventh streets. Ten women climbed on board for a clattering ride to the steamboat landing.
Among them were the wife of a Confederate general and the lady of the house, which had been converted into a prison for women accused of being disloyal. By Union decree, they were being banished to the Confederacy.
At the landing, soldiers marched them and 13 like-minded men onto the packet Belle Memphis on May 13, 1863, for a trip down the river. One month before, President Abraham Lincoln approved instructions for banishing civilians whose public sympathies were too comforting to the rebel cause.
No record has been located showing when he joined the U. S. military. But his military records show he was employed as a clerk prior to the civil war. Nowhere else do we find that. They also show he was a native of Alabama....again, incorrect.
"That night, taking advantage of the slack security of the prison, he disguised himself with "a huge mustache" and a Union overcoat taken from the officer's sleeping quarters, marched across the prison yard, issued some hurried (and obviously vague) orders to the sentinel, and then boldly walked through the outer gate of the prison. He then proceeded to the ferry landing, where he "endeavored to catch sight of the passes that all officers had to show" as they boarded the boat for New Albany. Satisfied with the information he had obtained, he quickly walked to the home of "a banker well known in that city," where he apparently obtained the uniform of a Confederate enlisted man, as well as papers that would allow him to identify himself as an enlisted man in the Georgia Infantry.
Still in his Union disguise, Saltiel retraced his steps to the prison, gave the guard the proper password, and then walked body to the barracks where a group of Georgia prisoners were awaiting transportation to Camp Douglas for service with one of the Union or "Galvanized," regiments. "The mustache and brown hair were hurried to the stove...and a plentiful supply of powder rubbed on his face and neck, and there appeared a very young and fair rebel soldier in full uniform, with remarkable dark eyes for one so fair..."
It was at this point that Saltiel began using the name Joseph Isaacs, so that by the time he arrived at Camp Douglas (armed with the properly forged papers he had obtained in Louisville), there was no easy way to identify him with his real Confederate past."
One has to wonder how he thought he could get away with a false identity....but he did...for a time. From this point forward, he was known as Joseph Isaacs or J. M. Isaacs.
He was next sent to Camp Douglas, IL. This was a known Union prisoner's camp. He took advantage of Lincoln's amnesty program and obtained release from prison by enlisting for service in Indian country, aka a "Galvanized Yankee." He swore his allegiance to the United States.