9:39am

Tue June 23, 2009
WVAS Local

Confederate Money Found in a North Alabama County Courthouse

Decatur, Alabama – (AP) - Officials in one Alabama county believe they've solved a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
Morgan County archivist John Allison recently discovered $493 in
mostly uncirculated Confederate currency in a county vault. Some of
the serial numbers were in sequence, making it appear the money
came straight from the Confederate Congress.
Allison said he now believes the money was placed in a court
file to settle the estate of a slave owner. The man died a year
before the Civil War began, and his 16 slaves were hired out to
settle his debts.
Allison said the county plans to keep the money and may use it
in a display.