Archives & Special Collections Gallery Exhibit




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Creation Date

Spring 2015


Artifact label:

Too Little, Too Late

One Thousand Dollar Confederate War Bond, issued in Richmond, VA on February 20, 1863

To raise money, the Confederacy printed and sold war bonds. Such bonds were intended to fund and sustain the war effort while creating a sense of southern unity. Pictured clearly on the bond is a portrait of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, whose iconic image was used to sell bonds of this denomination. Unfortunately for the bearer of this particular bond, it was worthless by the time it could be cashed in as General Robert E. Lee had surrendered Confederate forces at the Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Note that all interest coupons at the bottom are still attached.

-Sean Nazemi