1862 Civil War currency 50¢ Western and Atlantic R.R Georgia
Nice piece of Civil War era paper money from Georgia, with railway locomotive and cars image at top.
Atlanta, Ga. June 18, 1862.
The Western & Atlantic R.R.
will pay the bearer FIFTY CENTS in current Bank Notes whenever the sum of Five Dollars or upwards in the bills is presented
(Signed) Treasurer Wm Grisham For Superintendent
No folds, nicely centered. Punched holes ‘PAID…’
2 ⅛” x 4 ⅞”
The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia (W&A) was founded on December 21, 1836. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia to provide a link between the port of Savannah and the Midwest. The city of Atlanta was founded as the terminus of the W&A, with the terminus marked with the Atlanta Zero Mile Post.
This line, originally built to 5 ft gauge is famous because of the Andrews Raid (commonly referred to as the Great Locomotive Chase), which took place on the W&A during the American Civil War on the morning of April 12, 1862.