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A Curious Little “Relic” from Charleston, S.C. – A “Rations” Certificate. Charleston has Fallen & the Citizens are Destitute – Signed by George W. Williams, Charleston Banker & Railroad Executive – His House is Now Called THE CALHOUN MANSION (16 Meeting Street)
This little rations certificate tells quite a story. The barer is to receive rations from the “Invalid’s Commissary, No. 1 Hayne Street”. George W. Williams signs it as “Member of the Distributing Committee”. It is dated April 1st, 1865. Charleston fell to the Yankees in February of 1865 after they had shelled the city for months. The surviving citizens were quite destitute.

This little certificate was dated each time rations were issued. Apparently the whole back side of the certificate was written on as the certificate has been sewn on another piece of paper so more dated can be added. The stitching is still there and this little certificate was “well used”. The fact that Williams… one of the richest men in Charleston signs it is real special.

#HC191SC - Price $65