2023-08 Raynors HCA Live
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Ten documents relating to D. W. K. Peacock's work as a CSA salt agent, dating from July to December of 1862 in Cartersville, Georgia. It includes six vouchers, three returns, and one invoice documenting the receipt of salt from Peacock that was "to be distributed in accordance with a published order from His Excellency Joseph E. Brown Governor." Salt was highly prized in the mid-nineteenth century, but never more so than during the Civil War. It was crucial for food preservation and leather curation, two imperatively essential factors necessary to the war effort. As a result, salt facilities were targeted by Union forces, including one near Darien, Georgia in late 1863, which caused the price of salt to skyrocket. Southern states were forced to ration salt distribution, creating so-called "salt lists," which allocated the responsibility of its dispersal to the county courts. Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia made such a list in 1862, undoubtedly the "published order" referenced in several of the salt voucher titles. Unfortunately for the citizens of Georgia, and despite the efforts of agents like Peacock, there were never enough salt supplies to fulfill the lists. The shortage became desperate by the war's end and was one of the many shortages that contributed to the Confederacy's defeat. Two minor splits to horizontal folds.
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Collection of Documents Concerning D. W. K. Peacock, CSA Salt Agent.

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Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $325.00
Estimate: $500 - $750
Auction closed on Sunday, August 27, 2023.
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