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    I don't know what the following in red means.

    Lee's troops were ragged and hungry. Money was scarce, and they were rarely paid; and when they were, it was with the paper script of the Confederacy, which was almost worthless now.

    Thank you.

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    That's paper money, as opposed to hard currency like coins. More specifically, it's a substitute for legal tender. Since the Confederacy wasn't recognized by many governments (if any at all, my memory on the subject is a little hazy), it's currency didn't have much legitimacy outside of the Southern states, so it couldn't really be considered legal tender. The scrip was basically issued on the hopes it would be worth something once the Northern states made peace with the Confederacy, which could then establish formal diplomatic relations and conduct commerce normally.
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    Default Re: paper script

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    I don't know what the following in red means.

    Lee's troops were ragged and hungry. Money was scarce, and they were rarely paid; and when they were, it was with the paper script of the Confederacy, which was almost worthless now.

    Thank you.
    I agree with Vic's answer. Please note that the word is "scrip" not "script".

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