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    Confederate States Navy Paymaster's Account Journal. This wonderfully detailed ledger presumably belonged to John J. McPherson, a native of South Carolina (his name appears on the first page) who joined the Confederate Navy as assistant paymaster on April 23, 1862. He would go on to serve at the Atlanta Naval Works before being assigned to the C. S. Steamer Tennessee in 1864. The Tennessee was subsequently captured a few months later, in August, 1864, but McPherson avoided capture by being appointed assistant paymaster of the Provisional Navy in June. A slip of paper located between pages sixty-two and sixty-three, written by Ephraim Taff aboard the CSS Webb and dated September 17, 1863, reads, "Mr. McPherson, Paymaster, C.S.N. Will you please to pay Henry Manken the sum of fifteen (15) dollars and charge the same to my account." It is possible that McPherson could have spent time aboard the Webb, but the scanty records of the Confederate Navy can neither prove nor disprove this.

    A notation found on the front board reads, "Accounts of the Crew of the 'Missouri.'" Directly below "Missouri" is written "Tennessee." All of which has been scratched out with pencil. The ledger contains 142 pages of entries beginning on May 19, 1863. Arranged alphabetically by name, pages one through seventy-six represent the year 1863 and contain such information as amount of pay from the paymaster as well as money received for goods such as tobacco, soap, shirts, socks, and shoes and money sent home. Some names have designations such as "boy," "deserted," "discharged from service by court-martial," and "drowned."

    The second half of the book begins on page seventy-nine and continues through page 132. Representing the year 1864, the second part is arranged differently from the first and includes "Clothing/Small Stores" and "Cash" next to the name. Goods purchased include soap, cups, pans, tobacco, and various articles of clothing.

    Curiously, there are several "Bundle Washing" receipts for the Spotswood Hotel located within the pages. In addition, on page three is found a short list of goods such as an oyster dish, decanter, napkins, champagne glasses, etc. written in pencil with a Spotswood Hotel notation. Page 133 through 140 contain names of various men with titles such as "furniture man," "glass man," "knife man," "pantry man," etc. which appear to be dates of work and payment to each.

    The last entry, for Maynard & Billings, appears on page 142, dated May, 1905, for money checked out by Maynard and to Billings.

    Heavily worn; front board is detached. Pages are toned with light, scattered foxing.


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