The Resource Confederate war tax form

Confederate war tax form

Label
Confederate war tax form, 1863
Title
Confederate war tax form
Inclusive dates
1863
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Confederate War Tax Form, 1863, documents a series of guidelines for the taxation of unique goods and services by the Confederacy in Virginia. The two-sheet, partly printed form lays out all the materials which are to be taxed and includes a statement of the possession of liquor to be taxed. The forms were signed by James Gwyn of Richmond, Virginia and Confederate Assessor W.E. Johnson
Biographical or historical data
When the Confederate States seceded from the Union in 1861, the Confederate government intended to be light on taxes in principle, resulting in almost exclusive dependence on private donations to sustain itself and the initial war effort against the Union. The American Civil War was initially funded entirely via private donations, yet the fortunes of many donors began dwindling and war-weariness set in as the war dragged on. As a result, private donations and minor taxes were no longer enough. At the height of the American Civil War in 1862 and 1863, the Confederate government was forced to begin a large scale taxation of citizens in order to maintain the war effort. The taxes were presented to increasingly disgruntled citizens as a means to continue the independence from the Union. This Confederate War Tax Form is one such taxation of Confederate citizens, specifically on luxury, service, and corporate holdings. The form taxes citizens in Confederate dollars. Later in the war, the Confederacy began taxation in kind, taxation paid in goods and services rather than currency.
Cataloging source
VMC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Confederate war tax form
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/SC0018ConfederateWarTaxForm.aspx
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
965450576
Extent
1 legal folder, .08 cubic feet.
Governing access note
Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
James Madison University Special Collections acquired this document at auction from Cohasco, Inc. in February 2015.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Organization method
The Confederate War Tax Form, 1863, is comprised of two pages and is placed in one legal folder.

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