|T-5 1861 Richmond $100 Confederate Paper Money|
T-5. Confederate Currency 1861 $100 Dollar Bill Issued by Future CSA Major General M.L. Smith.
Description: This $100 Confederate bank note is printed on paper containing red fibers. It shows a train rounding a bend in the center with a standing woman in flowing robes (Justice) on the left and a standing woman in robes with a headdress and holding a spear (Minerva) on the right. 5798 of these $100 Confederate bank notes were issued, but they are considered scarce.
Inscriptions: "Twelve months after date, The Confederate States of America will pay to bearer One Hundred Dollars with interest at one cent per day/ Richmond/ Southern Bank Note Company/ Receivable in Payment of all Dues Except Export Duties" Signed by Robert Tyler as Register and E.C. Elmore as Treasurer.
This note was paid out September 25, 1861 by Major M.L. Smith. Smith was one of one of only a few Northern-born generals to fight for the Confederacy. He served as an engineer in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. Afterward he settled in Florida where he raised a family with Georgia born wife. He resigned from the army April 1, 1861 and was commissioned a major of engineers in the Confederate States Army thereafter. In 1862 he was appointed colonel of the 21st Louisiana and helped plan the defenses around New Orleans. Later he was promoted to Major General and was responsible for constructing the defenses of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama. He surrendered at Athens, Georgia in May 1865. He died the next year on July 29, 1866.