Miscellaneous - Confederate States' Money
The postcard shows a $20.00 Confederate States of America, 6th Issue, bill issued April 6, 1863. The note has the Tennessee state capital building in Nashville and Vice-president Alexander H. Stephens of Confederate States.
The poem below the bill shows the title “The Lost Cause.” The actual title is “Lines on a Confederate Note.” The words are attributed to A.J. Jones. The author is actually Major Sidney Alroy Jones of Aberdeen, Mississippi, who served as a staff officer under General Stephen D. Lee. Jones was editor of the Aberdeen Examiner before the Civil War. The last verse is missing from the card and it sums up the confederate lament to the lost cause which scholars have at one time or another described as a conflict of civilizations, a blundering generation, the collapse of the political party system, and a host of other explanations including failure, guilt and human limits.
Keep it, it tells our history o’er
From the birth of our dream to its last;
Modest, and born of the angel Hope,
Like our hope of success, it passed.
No series no. Published by Theo Buerbaum, Salisbury, N.C.
Slabaugh, Arlee R. Confederate States Paper Money Iola, WI: Krause Publications, c2000.
Lost Cause www.civilwarhome.com/lostcause.htm