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Civil War reimbursements in Stafford Co VA

Civil War reimbursements in Stafford Co VA

Posted: 1512003472000
Classification: Military
Surnames: Ball, Bryan, Byram, Carter, Davis, Dickerson, Embsey, Embrey, Ficklen, Fritter, Gollahorn, Garner, Garrison, Gollahan, Grayson, Griffis, Hedgeman, Henderson, Jones, Knoxville, Lowry, Luckett, Masters, Morgan, Musselman, Nash, Patton, Payne, Peden, Rains, Reid, Riley, Robinson, Schooler, Scott, Shelton, Skinker, Stewart, Stone, Warren, Watson
When the federal government started reimbursing Southerners who had contributed to the Union cause during the Civil War, some people in Stafford County requested money. The county had seen a lot of "occupation" during the war.
But it was not enough to have had your horses taken, your woods chopped down for firewood, your house commandeered for a Federal officer, or your chickens taken for a Union soldier's dinner. You also had to prove that you had not been a Confederate supporter but were loyal to the Union side during the War.
It was a plan that pitted neighbor against neighbor and caused a lot of resentment:
The Alexandria Gazette
Alexandria, District of Columbia [now Virginia]
16 September 1871 (page 2, column 2)
The Washington Chronicle says: -- "The Southern Claim Commission has published the third and fourth lists of persons who have alleged under oath that they were loyal adherents of the U. S. Government during the war, and that their property was taken for the use and benefit of the Union armies. These lists are designed, for wide circulation in the South, and they are sent free of charge to all who apply for them. Much information of a confidential character concerning the war status of many of the present "loyal" claimants has already been received from neighbors who though in some cases disloyal themselves, do not desire to be taxed hereafter to pay for property either not taken by the U. S. at all or which would have been far more willingly applied to the support of the Confederate armies."
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.
Here is the list of claimants from 1872:
The Alexandria Gazette
Alexandria, District of Columbia [now Virginia]
18 September 1872 (page 2, column 6)
LOYAL CLAIMANTS. -- Among the list of claimants for damages sustained by or articles furnished the U.S. forces during the late war, are the following from Stafford county:
Sallie Ball, Thomas M Bryan, Richard H Bryan, James Byram, Margaret E Carter, Susan A Davis, Sarah Dickerson, James M Embsey [Embrey?], Jos B. Ficklen, Gustavus Fritter, Elenor Gollahorn, William A Garner, John R Garrison, James B Garrison, A E Garrison, Thomas Gollahan, John Grayson, Thomas Griffis, Peter D G Hedgeman, Edward G Henderson, John W Jones, William A Jones, Mary Knoxville, Thomas Lowry, John Lowry, James L Lowry, George W Luckett, William J Masters, John Bakeman Morgan, Albert Musselman, George Nash, John E Nash, Elliott Patton, sr., Thomas Patton, Catherine Payne, John Peden, John M Rains, Gustavus Reid, Ransom Riley, Ruth Robinson, Barceline Robinson, John Schooler, Fannie S Scott, Mary A Scott, Richard M Shelton, Rodney J Shelton, John H Skinker, Barnett Stewart, Geo T Stone, Charles H Warren, James W Watson.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Re: Civil War reimbursements in Stafford Co VA

Posted: 1549394392000
Classification: Query
Thanks for sharing, Laura - much appreciated!
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