The attorney general said the Calhoun letter generated bids exceeding US$1,700 on eBay while it was monitored by investigators. Investigators also recovered hundreds of other documents that will be returned to the New York State Library. The attorney general said his office is working with eBay to obtain records of past sales to recover other stolen items.
In a separate case, Denning McTague of Philadelphia was charged with stealing 165 Civil War-era documents from the National Archives and selling them on eBay. McTague worked as a summer intern for the archives in 2006 and smuggled the documents off the premises in a backpack. The stolen items included an 1865 order from the War Department announcing the death of President Lincoln to the troops, and a letter from J.E.B. Stuart, a Confederate cavalry commander.