R59c First Issue Mortgage on 1867 Mobile Alabama Admiralty Court Document, Steamboat Sallie List


An unusual application of the Original Process tax, on a petition in Admiralty Court, Mobile, Alabama, 1867, for $165 balance due to John D. Carpenter & Co. for provisions and supplies on the Sallie List. The Sallie List was a wooden hulled, sternwheeler, packet steamboat built by Elizabeth Marine Ways, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and launched in 1860. Packet steamboats were built to carry both passengers and cargo. Length: 155.7 ft, Width: 30.5 ft, Draft: 5.7 ft. Served in the lower Mississippi River region, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and environs, as a troop and cargo carrier. During January and February 1865 the Sallie List served as an auxiliary vessel for the Union navy in Expedition from Memphis to Southeastern Arkansas and Northeastern Louisiana. Snagged and sank February 21, 1868, Portland, Alabama.

Civil War era, First Issue
In August 1862, while the American Civil War was being waged, the United States government began taxing a variety of goods, services and legal dealings. To confirm that taxes were paid a ‘revenue stamp’ was purchased and appropriately affixed to the taxable item, which would in turn pay the tax duty involved. The new stamps were printed in several colors and depicted a portrait of George Washington on all thirty denominations from one-cent to $200. The new revenue stamps were used to pay tax on proprietary items such as playing cards, patent medicines and luxuries, and for various legal documents, stocks, transactions and various legal services. The cancellation of these stamps were usually done in pen and ink, while hand stamped cancellations were seldomly used and subsequently are more rare. When the Civil War ended it did not mean an end to revenue taxes as the federal government still had not paid the $2.7 billion debt it had acquired until 1883, at which time it finally repealed the excise tax.

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April 29, 1867


minor toning, some edge faults at folds




Mobile, Alabama


August 1, 1864


J. D. Carpenter & Co.


Sam W. Able, Steamer Sallie List