Sunday, August 21, 2016

An Uncommon Form of Warfare

Came across this interesting, little-known (and not-known previously to me) factoid about the War between the States, care of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the Civil War by Frank Vandiver:

“Confederate finances were shaken by various ills. Inflation, of course, sapped monetary strength, as did the misfortunes of battle. Perhaps the most constant threat came from Northern printing presses. The Federal Treasury aimed a deliberate counterfeiting campaign against the Rebels, and although the South did good engraving, copying Southern paper money proved a fairly easy challenge. Part of the ruinous inflation stemmed from bogus bills.”

Very interesting …

Seems to me that this would make a great background for Hollywood to spell a tense, compact love-in-the-time-of-war story. Plus it’s just so damn clever.

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