Life in the southern United States in the 1800s are chronicled in
designs on paper money. Many of those designs depict agricultural
vignettes as a way to enshrine the importance of agriculture at the
center of daily life.
But there are plenty of other designs, some allegorical
representations of a patriotic Southern spirit “conquering” Northern
forces, and some depicting people alive at that time who were
important to the cause of the Confederate States of America.
Civil War battlefield hostilities began April 12, 1861, and
continued through early 1865. Toward the end of the war, the CSA
issued $100 notes dated Feb. 17, 1864 featuring a portrait of Lucy
Petway Holcombe Pickens, the only actual woman to be depicted on CSA
She was one of the many intriguing characters in the drama of the
Civil War. In 1861, three days before South Carolina seceded from the
Union, Gov. Pickens took office. His wife, Lucy, was an advocate of
the secession. Her portrait was used to represent all Southern women.
She was known during and after her lifetime as the “Queen of the
Confederacy” and was described as beautiful and brilliant.
This is just one sample of the scenes, characters and avenues of
collecting Southern state and Confederate notes issued in the 1800s.