The State Blockade Running
We copy from the Raleigh Conservative some official statements by Major Dowd, Quarter-Master, of the results of that singularly beneficent scheme of Gov. Vance, by which the North Carolina troops have been clothes better than any others in the service, and a vast amount – even millions – made as clear gain to the State. Even these, great as they are, are not all of the pleasant results. Some 30,000 pairs of cotton cards have been distributed to solder’s families in every county in the State at $3 a pair, when other blockade runners were selling them at from $50 to $100 a pair; four machines have been bought and are about to be put in operation for making cards; and many necessary materials have been imported and sold to manufacturers in the State at comparatively reasonable prices, at least where those manufacturers were selling their productions to the State at reasonable prices.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, June 23, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org