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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 13, 1864

New Method of Obtaining Kerosene Oil

The Southern Banner of Athens printed an item announcing what they hoped would be a new method of obtaining kerosene oil.

Important Discovery. We are informed that a gentleman has recently obtained a patent for the manufacture of Kerosine oil, which has been thoroughly tested and found to be equal, if not superior to the Yankee article. He has made some from the Alabama coal, which gives a brilliant light. The material is inexhaustible. We expect soon to have some of it, when we shall say more about it. This will prove very pleasant news to those of our readers who are using tallow dips at one dollar each.