The Problems of Supplying an Army with Clothing

By Jane Ward, ATHM Librarian

The Osborne Library recently received a fascinating pamphlet that gives a glimpse into the Confederate States of America late in the Civil War, highlighting the problems the Confederacy had paying and supplying its army, and the profiteering that went on in regards to soldiers’ clothing.

Some of the numbers of clothing supplied to the Confederate Army in the last six months of 1864.

Some of the numbers of clothing supplied to the Confederate Army in the last six months of 1864.

On Feb. 11, 1865, the Confederate House of Representatives released a report of the Special Committee on the Pay and Clothing of the Army that blamed the delays in payment of creditors and soldiers to the change in currency instituted in the Confederacy in 1864.  Even after the necessity of printing new currency, the Confederate Treasury Department still had not paid requisitions amounting to the tune of $128,360,584.87 by December 1864!

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