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Charlotte County (Va.) Salt Distribution Register, 1862-1864.

During the Civil War in Virginia, large demands for salt from the military, the government, and the citizenry meant that salt had to be rationed. The General Assembly passed several laws beginning on 9 March 1862 to facilitate this rationing to the people of Virginia. The ration was based on an allowance of twenty pounds of salt per person per year. Each county court appointed a commissioner to distribute salt locally. The first fifty four pages of the Charlotte County Salt Distribution Register are composed of various recipes, home remedies, household hints, and building tips from an earlier unknown date.

This item came to The Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Charlotte County. A gift to the Library of Virginia’s Adopt Virginia’s History program from Cynthia V. Bailey has funded the conservation and repair of this register. For more information on the Adopt Virginia's History Program or to help save another piece of Virginia's history, contact our Foundation Office at 804-692-3813 or visit