Availability: Rare (See
Year of Publication
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.
reads as follows:
Smithville, N.C. May 25, 1865
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
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
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