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F_in Ray Of Sunshine
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2 hours ago, F_in Ray Of Sunshine said:

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....this was in 1898:rolleyes:

In 1864-5, When Robert E Lee's army was guarding Petersburg and Richmond and then marching away to try to hook up with Johnston's Army in South Carolina, he had a tremendous problem getting farmers to sell food for his Army because they didn't want to accept what they knew would eventually be worthless Confederate script.

The Union Army had no trouble buying food from Virginia farmers in the vicinity of Richmond.  Of course, those farmers knew that Gen. Sheridan had burned down a lot of farms in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 that were supplying the Confederate Army and Sheridan was back with Grant and blocking Lee's army from fleeing South across the river by 1865.

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Maybe he should have kept it?

All genuine Confederate currency has some collector value, although most of the 1864 issue notes are very common (an exception being the $500 note, which is common but popular and is worth from $200 to $400 depending on condition). Earlier issues range from common to rare. All issues from 1861 in Montgomery are very valuable, and we suggest consultation with one of our currency experts if you have such a note. Replicas of Confederate currency are quite common, and are often printed on crisp, brown paper that appears antique. Genuine notes are hand-signed and numbered, and the replicas appear to be hand-signed and numbered as well, although close inspection will easily determine that the signatures on replicas are printed in the same ink as on the rest of the bill. Contemporary counterfeits made to circulate at the time of issue have collector value ranging from $10 to $100 or more depending on condition and the specific circumstances of issue.

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