Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Fanaga By Any Other Name Would Weigh As Much

Earlier we wrote about document that had been located on Joshua Sledd who apparently was in New Mexico from the 1860s until the 1890s. One word that could not be read is apparently Fanaga--a Spanish bushel. A reader located a reference to it on Google Books.

The "Confederate claim" indicates that each of Sledd's Fanagas weighed 140 pounds, slightly different from what this reference indicated.

We're working on locating Sledd's court martial from the 1860s and will likely include the "Confederate claim" materials in that article. Those Confederate claims are from National Archives Publication M346.

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