Featured Artifacts – The Home Front
The toll of the war began to wear on those who remained at
home. Residents of the Albemarle region were faced with the possibility
of starvation as the cost of goods increased and food became scarcer.
Cotton and Wool
As an essential part of home clothmaking, cotton fibers were combed or
carded through the card prior to being spun on a spinning wheel.
Once worth 10 to 12 cents a yard, during the war prices escalated to 12
Earthenware lard lamps replaced candles.
Decline of Money
During the war money
was issued in various denominations. The United
States of America as well as the Confederate
States of America, individual states,
counties and cities issued money.