Category Archives: Money

November 9, 1865: Miscellaneous items

“Thomas Clement Fletcher” by Missouri Life Inc. – Missouri Governor Portraits. The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 9, 1865 has a number of items of interest. First, Governor Fletcher shows himself to be a somewhat moderate Radical, asking for modifications … Continue reading

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March 16, 1864: Reversing inflation in the Confederacy

As we’ve seen, the Confederate Congress passed a bill that constricted the supply of money. It reversed the severe inflation they had been experiencing during the war, at least until the situation became hopeless. The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on … Continue reading

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February 2, 1864: Economic troubles in the south

Inflation was hitting the Confederacy pretty hard, and the Confederate Congress responded with some bills to raise more revenue, while at the same time raising government salaries. The bill “regulating the currency” replaced bills of value over 5 dollars with … Continue reading

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November 14, 1862: Slaves counterfeiting Confederate notes

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a rather clever plot by some Richmond slaves. Counterfeiting Confederate Treasury notes. –Detectives Washington Goodrich and Ro. Craddock arrested yesterday several slaves among them four, named Dick, Oliver, Henry Smith, owned by Mr. Caskie, and … Continue reading

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August 27, 1862: Counterfeit Confederate money

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a counterfeiting “flutter”. Counterfeiting was a serious problem for the Confederacy, in part because the North, well supplied with printing shops, had no law against printing fake Confederate currency, and in fact may have quietly … Continue reading

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May 16, 1862: Butler bans Confederate money

Confederate $100 bill. Butler ordered banks to stop using Confederate money in New Orleans. Must have caused some consternation to people with a lot of it, as it doesn’t appear there was any compensation for them. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT … Continue reading

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