A Guide to the Charles G. Memminger Letter, 1861
Born in Württemberg, Germany, Charles G. Memminger (1803-1888) immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Memminger was orphaned soon after his arrival, but was adopted by Governor Thomas Bennett of South Carolina. After receiving his education from South Carolina College, he established a law practice in 1825. During the 1830s, Memminger was appointed the head of the Finance Committee for the South Carolina Legislature, a position he held until 1852. Additionally, he served as the first secretary of the treasury for the Confederate States of America from 1861 through 1864.
McPherson, Edward. The Political History of the United States of America during the Great Rebellion. Washington, D. C.: James J. Chapman, 1882.
The Charles G. Memminger Letter, 1861, documents Memminger’s activities as the first secretary of the treasury for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The letter concerns the Confederate budget and legislation that would allow more funds to be appropriated for defense.
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Charles G. Memminger Letter, 1861, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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