You're right the word "readily" does paint the wrong picture. How about easier to acquire when the Mississippi was open.I'm not sure I would use the term "readily" ;-) although I do appreciate the point you are making. But when I know how thin the currency was, the lack of coinage and specie, and the continuing attempts by both states and banks to provide some form of currency for everyday trade and circulation... well, I have developed a more cynical eye toward such governmental and esp. military "orders". Money in the South was always scarce. In some ways this reminds me of a similar order, by a Union officer, freeing all the slaves in his "jurisdiction". Which order was promptly squashed by the President.
Does anyone here know how Hindman's order worked out?
Yeah, that works for me. Especially in the Trans-Miss where they had to stamp and re-issue notes... kind of adds another dimension to the phrase "cashless society"You're right the word "readily" does paint the wrong picture. How about easier to acquire when the Mississippi was open.
Did either the Union or unscrupulous people in the South ever try to counterfeit these bills? If so, are there any surviving counterfeit CS bills?
That’s a good question! I noted that the individual in this piece who was interviewed about Upham is a descendant of Upham, and he wrote a book about Upham (that he is presumably promoting). So, he has a personal stake in promoting interest in Upham’s story.I have heard the story of the bounty that Jefferson Davis supposedly placed on Upham's head. Did this really happen? Or was the "$10,000 Dead or Alive" just a boast of Upham's? He does sound like the type who would enjoy some free publicity. Could the president have done that on his own? It seems Congress would have had a say so in it.
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