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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 02, 1865

Diary Entry on Worthless Confederate Money

An Augusta woman recorded in her diary the sad site of boys playing at war, and the virtual worthlessness of Confederate money.

“Tuesday, May 2, 1865 Seated by the window I look out upon what to me appears a sad commentary, or mockery of the times. The boys in the street playing soldier! Armed with guns and old rusty swords…these boys unable to see the humiliation of having been conquered are enjoying their sport… . Again I hear that Confederate money is to be worth 50 cts on the $100… . Mr. Thomas [her husband] has a few thousand dollars in Confederate money which he says he will keep to see what will happen.” Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 262.