In Their Own Words
February 24, 1864
Civil War Soldier Ate Well, Concerned about Confederate Money
A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote his wife that he getting to eat well for the time being, and was making a little money, but was also concerned about Confederate money.
“…My health is excellent at this time. We are still here near Harrisonburg, but it is rumored that we will return to Orange soon, but I hope it is not true. I had rather stay here in the Valley now for the remainder of the winter. We are living high now. Our tricks from home have not given out yet and we draw plenty of good pork and flour, and have some fine eating sure. We have baked a great many pies with our fruits and we sell what we do not want to eat. I have made $8.00 selling pies. … I have been making a little money recently by sewing, patching pants, coats, &c. They come to me and offer me high pay to do it. I hate to charge for it but it takes time and thread and to make a little to buy tobacco, &c., I accept of the pay. … There is some law passed about the Confederate money so I hear, but I do not understand it. If you have any on hand that you do not use immediately, get advice how to work it. …”
Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp. 120-121.