Did You Know????
Abraham Lincoln had a brother in law that
served during the War. He was Confederate Brigadier Benjamin Hardin Helm.
Helm, (who was married to Emilie Todd, the half-sister of Mary Todd
Lincoln), was commissioned a colonel on October 19, 1861, and served under
Simon B. Buckner in Bowling Green Kentucky. He was promoted to brigadier
general on March 14, 1862, and was given command of the 1st
Kentucky “Orphan” Brigade several months later.
He was mortally wounded September 21, 1863 at the Battle of
Chickamauga. He died on the battlefield the following day, with his last
word being "Victory." Following his death, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd
Lincoln went into mourning at the White House and allowed Emilie Todd Helm
safe passage to the White House in December 1863.
So you think?????
With times being tough today,
you think prices of things are crazy… but look at comparisons of 1864
prices!!!! Rampant inflation and growing shortages showed in the high
prices! Towards the end of the war in
Richmond you could buy the following
(pre-war prices are in parenthesis, when I could find them):
Flour $1,500 per barrel ($6.00), Eggs $150 per dozen, Beef $15 per lb,
Ham $350 each, Bacon $20 per lb (12 ½ cents), Chickens about $50 while
Turkeys brought a little more $50 - $100 each, Butter $15-$20 per lb (20
cents per lb), Corn $10/ dozen ears (75 cents a bushel), Cabbage $10 a
head, Watermelon $20 and the all essential coffee, if you could get it, was
$50 per lb( 35 cents per lb).
Clothing: Calico $30 - $35
per yd., nice wool dress $800, Cloak $1,000 - $1,500, Balmoral Boots $25
per pair, French Kid Gloves $125 per pair, Ladies hats $600- $1,500, New
Bonnet $200 but you could buy a used bonnet for $70. Needles were $5 for a
sheet of them, Spool of Thread $4.00.
at $100 per load, pre war was $2.50 a cord.
prices considering that a Confederate Soldier earned $11 per month which was
later $18.00 per month. Southern workmen made $4.00 per day. By ’63 a
workman was up to $30 per day. When money ran out or not accepted, people
resorted to bartering whatever they had, animals, furniture, clothing, etc.