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From: Emmert Bittinger <>
Subject: Re: Buying out of the Civil War
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 14:52:00 -0400
In answer to your question, yes it was common for Mennonites and
Brethren to pay a special tax to the state and later to the Conf. Gov.
in Richmond in order to be exempt. Sometimes, the "tax" was used to pay
a substitute. In Brethren circles, Elder John Kline and local
congregations loaned or granted money to pay these exemption fines.
Those interested in all the experiences and events that happened to
Brethren and Mennonites during the civil war, ought to purchase the
small inexpensive paper back book, THE OLIVE BRANCH OF PEACE which first
came out in 1901, then was out of print for 75 years, and has recently
been reprinted by the Shenandoah District of the Brethren in Virginia.
The price is $13.00 plus $1.00 shipping and can be purchased from E.
Bittinger, Rte 3 Box 136, Bridgewater VA. 22812. Emmert acts as sales
agent for the Shenandoah District, and all proceeds go to the District
Emmert F. Bittinger