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Posted By: Noah Briggs on: 06/10/2007 07:42:24 EDT|
Subject: RE: Canteens, Fuel-Turpentine
I chuckled when reading that on Dec. 24, 1862 the price for a gallon of turpentine was $2.60, and it didn't come from the middle east. It came from North Carolina.|
turpentine wouldn't come from the mid-east anyway. It's not a petroleum product. It's made with pine tar pitch and was used to make the aforementioned turpentine and also creasote, which was used by the Navy to preserve wooden ships. The hospitals used turpentine and its cousin, creasote, as an antiseptic, topical anesthetic, styptic and internal narcotic.
Now if you were in Titusville, Penna in '59, that would be a different story. That's the source of your coal oil (aka "kerosene").