Florida Two-Dollar Note
Dated "March 1st, 1863."
Most of Florida's war currencies included the signature of John Milton,
the state's governor, and that of C. H. Austin, its treasurer. Neither
man had the time nor stamina actually to sign each piece of money. Their
signatures were copies that were handwritten by minor officials and
workers in the treasury department. Governor Milton, an avid proponent
for southern independence, did not survive the war. In the final days of
the conflict, as the South's utter defeat became evident, Milton shot
himself at his home near Marianna, Florida, on April 1, 1865.
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