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The above image is a photocopy John F. Poore’s pay voucher in 1864. Although the voucher is hard to read, it shows that the Confederate army paid John at rate of $11 a month. For a little over two months of service he collected $27.13.

Even two months back pay didn’t go very far for soldiers. Confederate inflation had pushed prices to very high levels.

In nearby Richmond John and his comrades would have had to pay $45 for a pound of coffee, $25 for a pound of butter and $1,250 for a barrel of flour. Soldiers might pool their funds and buy a few goods, but their money was quickly spent.

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