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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 21, 1863

Atlanta Merchant Commented on Prices

“Business continues good and money comes in so fast that we hardly know how to dispose of it to advantage, though to be sure, it takes a large part of it to buy food and clothing in these days of exorbitant prices. Flour is now $75 per barrel and rice 25cents per lb. though I was lucky enough today to buy a sack of rice-flour for $20. We have lived on rice and corn for several weeks, wheat flour being too dear. I like a good rice-flour bread made with buttermilk and soda quite as well as flour bread, at least for awhile. But buttermilk is one dollar per gallon and rising, and soda has gone from ten cents per pound to four dollars!”

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.