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22 January 1864: “…Every man ought to represent only such means as properly belongs to him; otherwise taxation might be very unequal.”

Item description: In this letter dated 22 January 1864, Gunn & Bowe Boot and Shoe Makers sent to Thomas Ruffin the remaining cents due on a note they had paid off in October 1863. Gunn & Bowe could not help … Continue reading

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7 March 1863: “Having determined to sell my Negroes (except some half dozen old ones, whom I shall keep at the Grove to take care of the premises, and my house servants).”

Item description: Entry, dated 7 March 1863, from the diary of John Berkley Grimball, rice planter of Charleston and the Colleton District, S.C. Grimball’s diary documents that, prior to the Civil War, Grimball owned 70 or 80 slaves and controlled the activities … Continue reading

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7 May 1862: “Whereas, At the time prescribed by law for listing taxable property in this State, many of its citizens were in the military service of their State and of the Confederate States…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, instructs sheriffs to “collect only the single tax” (rather than a “double tax”) from soldiers who had failed to list their taxes in a timely manner due to military service. … Continue reading

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17 February 1862: “…the State of North Carolina will, and doth hereby assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of North Carolina…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, called on state government to “assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, [which was] levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of … Continue reading

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8 December 1861: “Evey Man Woman & Child would sign a petition to that effect. Except the distillers.”

Item description: Letter from George A. McManners to William A. Graham. McManners urged Governor Graham to take up the question of whiskey taxation at the convention to prevent corn speculation and to protect his political standing with the people of … Continue reading

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21 October 1861: “there is not one man in 50 in this section who has money enough to pay his current expenses to say nothing of taxes.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1861, from James H. Nichols, Lowndes County, Alabama, to William Porcher Miles, Representative for the Charleston, S.C., district in the Confederate Congress at Montgomery, Ala. The letter details concerns among the “planter class” about the … Continue reading

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