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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 07, 1863

Atlanta Merchant Commented on High Prices

A merchant in Atlanta commented in his diary about inflated prices brought on by the Civil War.

“I have been busy enough in the store four days - trade very good. Lead pencils sell at 1.50 apiece - violin strings 1.25 - playing cards of ordinary quality 5.00 per pack. But books in general we only get double the old price, which is not enough as money is.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 557.

This may have been good for him, but was very frustrating for customers looking for essential items.