State Notes 1861-1865 Civil War Currency

After seceding from the Union on January 11, 1861, Florida joined the Confederacy on Jan. 28, 1861.  An act providing for the issuance of Treasury Notes was passed by the General Assembly on Feb. 14, 1861.  Thus began the first printing (FIRST ISSUE) of State of Florida notes, with dates of September to December 1861.  Of special mention are the rare September notes signed by Governor Madison Perry who left office Oct. 1, 1861.  All other notes of this issue were signed by Governor John Milton.

Florida’s SECOND ISSUE of notes were printed as payment for Florida’s assessed share of the war tax for the Confederacy.  They are all engraved with the January 1, 1862 date and are signed by Walter Gwynn as Comptroller and C.H. Austin as Treasurer.

Florida’s THIRD ISSUE ushered in a beautiful new design which also included, for the first time, fractional notes of 10, 25, and 50 cent denominations.  These fractionals bear the engraved date of Feb. 2, 1863, while the $1.00 through $10 denominations are dated, March 1, 1863.  Both Third and Fourth issued notes were signed by C.H. Austin, Treasurer and John Milton, Governor.

Florida’s FOURTH ISSUE notes were in reality a reissue of the Third Issue with a different engraved date of March 1, 1864.

Florida’s FIFTH ISSUE notes were in fact it’s last issue during the Civil War and by far the rarest.  Notes carry an engraved date of Jan. 1st., 1865, and were issued in high denominations  of $50, $100, and $500.  They were all printed on backs of 1864 Florida state notes and were signed by Governor Abraham K. Allison, whose term began after the suicide of Governor John Milton on April 1st.  C.H. Austin signed as Treasurer.

When Union soldiers arrived in Tallahassee on May 10, 1865, all Confederate and Florida currency became worthless.  Governor Allison’s term ended on May 22, 1865, when he was incarcerated by Union troops.

 

 


First Issue Sept. 1861, Oct 9, 1861, Oct 10, 1861, and Dec. 6, 1861

003 218 300x134 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 9, 1861

006 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 10, 1861
Actual Governor John Milton Signature

006 3 300x144 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Dec 6, 1861

003 314 300x137 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 9, 1861

006 4 300x141 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 10, 1861
Actual Governor John Milton Signature

007 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Dec 6, 1861

003 411 300x133 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 9, 1861

 

007 3 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Oct 10, 1861
Actual Governor John Milton Signature

007 4 300x133 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Dated Dec 6, 1861

 

220px John Milton Florida State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

John Milton, 5th Governor of Florida in office Oct. 7, 1861 to April 1, 1865.  Succeeded by Abraham K. Allison


First Issue Oct. 10, 1861

008 2 300x139 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

008 3 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

008 4 300x137 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

009 2 300x133 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

009 3 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor John Milton Signature

009 4 300x140 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor John Milton Signature

010 2 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

010 3 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

010 4 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

 


First Issue Denomination Spelled out

011 2 300x137 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor John Milton Signature Oct. 10, 1861

011 3 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor Madison Perry Signature Sept.16,1861

011 4 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor Madison Perry Signature Sept.16, 1861

220px Florida Governor Madison S. Perry State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Governor Madison S. Perry, 4th Governor of Florida in office Oct. 5, 1857 to Oct. 7, 1861. Born 1814 died 1865.

012 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

012 3 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Actual Governor John Milton Signature Oct. 1861

012 4 300x131 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

 


Second Issue Jan. 1, 1862

013 2 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 013 3 300x137 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 013 4 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 014 2 300x131 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 014 3 300x138 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 014 4 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 015 2 300x130 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 015 3 300x127 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

All Notes Signed by Comptroller Walter Gwynn and Treasurer C.H. Austin

 


Third Issue Fractional Denominations

016 2 200x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 016 3 209x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 017 2 205x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 017 4 198x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 018 300x249 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 019 300x244 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 020 2 300x186 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 020 3 274x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 021 2 300x234 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 022 188x300 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

 


Third Issue March 1, 1863

023 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

023 3 300x130 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

023 4 300x126 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

024 2 300x130 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

024 3 300x125 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Rare Proof Note

024 4 300x128 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

025 2 300x128 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Rare Proof Note

025 3 300x145 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 025 4 300x140 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 026 2 300x145 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 026 3 300x147 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

 


Fourth Issue January 1, 1864

027 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

027 3 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Watermarked “W.T. & Co.”

027 4 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

028 2 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Watermarked “W.T. & Co.”

028 3 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Watermarked “W.T. & Co.”

 


Fourth Issue March 1, 1864

029 2 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

029 3 300x130 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Watermarked “W.T. & Co.”

030 2 300x125 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

030 3 300x135 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Watermarked “W.T. & Co.”

 


Fifth Issue January 1, 1865

031 2 300x137 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 031 3 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency 031 4 300x129 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

All notes signed by C.H. Austin, treasurer and A.K. Allison, 6th governor of Florida

.220px Florida Governor Abraham K. Allison State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Governor Abraham K. Allison, in office April 1, 1865 to May 19, 1865.  Born Dec. 10, 1810 died July 8, 1893 in Quincy, Florida.


Reconstruction Period 1865-1870

032 2 300x136 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

033 2 300x134 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency Signed by Governor Harrison Reed and R.H. Gamble, Comptroller

 

March 1, 1870 State Of Florida  One Dollar Note Redeemed Stamped: May 10, 1899, Treasury Of Florida and Signed:

Received and cancelled May 10, 1899. J.B. Whitfield, State Treasurer. Who later became Florida Supreme Court Justice.  To date, this is the only note known that carries the “Redeemed Stamp” and cancellation.

 

032 3 300x131 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

033 3 300x132 State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency Signed by Governor Harrison Reed and Clayton A. Cowgill, Comptroller

 

220px Governor Harrison Reed of Florida State Notes 1861 1865 Civil War Currency

Governor Harrison Reed, 9th Governor of Florida, in office July 4th,1868 to Jan. 7, 1873.  Born August 26, 1813 died May 25, 1899 in Jacksonville, Florida.  For an excellent treatise on the 1870 Reconstruction period notes of Florida see Ron Benice’s book, Florida Paper Money pages 36-40.


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