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Salt Distribution Register - Recipes, Home Remedies and Hints, image 25




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 (see Acts of the Assembly, 1 October 1862). A commissioner of the salt controlled the distribution at the county level once a county was delivered its allotment. The commissioner was appointed by the county court. 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.