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1865 Civil War Pay Voucher - Smithville, NC

1865 Civil War Pay Voucher - Smithville, NC

Availability: Rare (See Below)

Approximate Value: $25-$35

Year of Publication (Approximate): 1865

Description: This is an 1865 pay voucher given to 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, at the time.

The document reads as follows:


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.


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

(Illegible Signature)

Published By: The United States of America

Item Acquired: June 29, 2011 from Kinston, NC

Availability Scale: We have loosely defined 4 categories of availability for classifying items in our collection. There are many degrees of availability within each main category and the opinion of availability is subjective. These 4 main categories have been created to convey to the reader the approximate availability of an item within our collection. The availability is subject to change as new research comes to light.

  • Common - A common item is one where many examples are known to exist. Most modern items are considered common due to the large numbers of items made, published and distributed.
  • Uncommon - An uncommon item is one that does not surface often. There may be many examples of an uncommon item in circulation, but just not as readily available as a common item.
  • Scarce - A scarce item is one that is hardly ever seen outside of a few well known collections such as The Southport Times' Collection, the New Hanover County Public Library's North Carolina Collection or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection.
  • Rare - A rare item is an item where only 1 or 2 examples are known to exist. Items in this category may not even exist in the largest and most complete collections. Items in this category have extremely low distribution rates, adding to the rarity of the item.

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