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Southern Claims Commission

In 1871, the US government established the Southern Claims Commission to address southerners' petitions for compensation of supplies, livestock, and other items taken by the Union troops during the Civil War. More than 20,000 claims were filed. These testimonial files include first-person accounts of how civilians survived the war, detailed circumstances regarding loss of property, and accounts of each family's history and loyalty to the Union cause.

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Southern Claims - Barred and Disallowed

NARA M1407. The Southern Claims Commission denied these claims by southerners seeking compensation for property loss. They were barred or disallowed for a number of reasons.  

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Southern Claims - Approved - Alabama

NARA M2062. Approved case files of claims submitted to the Commissioners of Claims (known as the Southern Claims Commission) from the State of Alabama, 1871-1880.  

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Southern Claims - Approved - Georgia

NARA M1658. Approved case files of claims submitted to the Commissioners of Claims (known as the Southern Claims Commission) from the State of Georgia, 1871-1880.  

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Southern Claims - Approved - Virginia

NARA M2094. Approved case files of claims submitted to the Commissioners of Claims (known as the Southern Claims Commission) from the State of Virginia, 1871-1880.  

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Southern Claims - Approved - West Virginia

NARA M1762. Approved case files of claims submitted to the Commissioners of Claims (known as the Southern Claims Commission) from the State of West Virginia, 1871-1880.  

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Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880

Claims approved by the Southern Claims Commission recognizing the Federal Government's debt to loyal citizens for property losses suffered during the Civil War.  

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