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The Southport Times Acquires Rare Civil War Document

June 29, 2011 - Southport, NC - The Southport Times announces the acquisition of a rare civil war document from Smithville, NC. For those who may not be aware, prior to becoming Southport, the area was called Smithville. In 1887, the city changed its name to Southport in anticipation of becoming a major Southern port for the State of North Carolina.

This document is dated May 25, 1865, just as the American Civil War was coming to an end. According to Jim McKee, an Historic Interpreter for the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites at Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson, "...these are pay vouchers for Freedmen (former slaves & free blacks) who were employed by the Army at Ft. Johnston or as Stevedores at the Fort unloading supplies. Instead of money they paid in rations, which were much more valuable and needed." McKee also stated... "this is the earliest one I have seen."

The document reads as follows:

HEADQUARTERS U.S. FORCES

Smithville, N.C. May 25, 1865

Post Commissary:

Will (issue?) rations to Mrs. Anna Spencer & Familie the following Stores: 5 persons 6 days.

Total rations 30.

By order of MORRIS F. SHEPPARD

Capt. 16th N.Y. Art'y, Com'dg Post

(Illegible Signature)

The Southport Times is fortunate to have found this rare piece of Southport history and is happy to be able to add it to our online collection to share with our website visitors.

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