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North Carolina State Issue, 1862
NC 50¢ Note
Sailing Ship at Sea; Printed date "Sept. 1st, 1862."
Many of the Confederacy's supplies had to be obtained from European sources. In the fall of 1862, when this fifty-cent note was first issued, the full effects of the Union 's growing naval power had not yet been felt. However, by 1864 the delivery of foreign goods to the South became desperate and dependent on a dwindling number of Confederate blockade-runners. Loaded with their European cargoes, swift sailing ships similar to the type depicted on this note had to dash through or "run" the Union navy's ever-tightening blockade of southern ports, including the one at Wilmington, N.C.

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