Greetings everyone...This is a story about Samuel C. Upham, number one counterfeiter in the U.S. At the start of the Civil War Upham began marketing patriotic items to support the Union, and novelty items to mock the Confederacy, such as cards depicting the head of Jefferson Davis on the body of a jackass. In February 1862, he acquired a sample of Confederate money and quickly started producing his own counterfeits. His first printing consisted of 3,000 five-dollar notes, each stamped at the bottom with the words "facsimile Confederate Note - Sold wholesale and retail by S.C. Upham 403 Chestnut St. Philadelphia." He sold his first batch for a penny per copy. Cotton smugglers in the south quickly began buying Upham's novelty notes, trimming off the notice at the bottom and flooding the Confederate economy with bogus bills.
Before long Upham was advertising what he called "mementos of the Rebellion" in the New York Tribune, Harpers Weekly and other papers. He also advertised himself willing to buy genuine Confederate notes and stamps, as samples he could later duplicate. By late 1862 Upham was selling 28 variations of Confederate bill denominations and postage stamps, with currency notes selling for 5 cents a piece.
The Congress of the Confederacy responded to the flood of counterfeit bills by imposing the death sentence on convicted counterfeiters. Upham would later brag the Confederacy put a $10,000 reward on his capture, dead or alive. He had done more to injure the Confederate cause than General McClellan and his army. Upham later clamed he had printed from March 12, 1862 to August 1, 1863, one million five hundred and sixty four thousand facsimile Rebel notes, of denominations ranging from 5 cents to 100 dollars. Some modern analyses estimate his fake Confederate money amounted to between .93% and 2.78% of the Confederacy's total money supply. Upham discontinued his facsimile business in late 1863 and returned to selling stationary and patriotic envelopes. His notes were still being used in the war-torn South by Union soldiers and other persons after he shut down his business. I was lucky enough to find and purchase one of his counterfeits. His bogus money is worth more than the real thing.
Civil War Miniatures and Memorabilia... Collector of 19th century ad notes... Confederate Currency... 19th century postcards
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
A new artillery base takes shape
Greetings everyone...I had some extra Dixon figs that I found in a drawer, so I decided to base them in the same way that I based the Infantry and Cavalry. I added a piece of red foam on the bottom. Red being artillery, I thought it might look good. In making this base there are 14 different colors used.
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Night shots from the villa
Greetings leadheads...In my last post I showed you a wall I was going to use for a second entrance...but I decided to use it as a primary entrance. With the wall in place here are a few night shots of the entrance plus one behind the wall with a lot of artillery going off.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Another entrance to the Spanish villa
of adding another entrance to my
Spanish villa. I took a bunch of shots
Posted by Captain Richard's miniature Civil War at 11:27 AM 14 comments:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A place to park the tank
Greetings leadheads... I had nothing to do yesterday, so I started playing around with the tank...lit it up and parked it in my new barn.
Posted by Captain Richard's miniature Civil War at 7:30 PM 9 comments:
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A new barn on the table
Greetings leadheads... I like the idea that everything on the table is a one of a kind made by me...except one, the barn. I got this tiny little resin barn that I got for my birthday a couple of years ago...nice barn, but too small...so I built a bigger one. Here are a few shots of it.
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