The US Civil War caused turmoil with the finances of both the Union and the Confederacy. If you want to learn what constituted money at that time and what would have been in people’s pockets, you should watch the video “Monies of the Civil War: What Was in President Lincoln’s & General Sherman’s Pockets” made during the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists on May 20, 2022:
David Lisot who produced the video commented: “Hearing history told through the people that lived at the time is particularly interesting. The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is dedicated to promoting coin collecting by sponsoring educational lectures. This Civil War Showcase is told by Abe Lincoln and General William T. Sherman at the PAN Convention.”
Moderators were Rick Lank and Rebecca Rush, Talisman & Coin Productions, with Dennis Boggs (Abraham Lincoln) and Kris Gulvansen (General Sherman).
To learn more about David Lisot and his videos go to his website CoinTelevision.