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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 13, 1861

Towel Shortage Because of Blockade

In newspaper accounts from the previous week, it was apparent that the Northern blockade of Southern ports was already causing shortages of some items. The same can be seen in this letter from a man in Florida to his daughter attending Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia when he wrote: “I forgot to ascertain if you were supplied with the requisite number of Towels, and a sufficiency of other things. Take good care of all your things, for I can assure you that “hard-times” are already beginning to be upon us.”