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Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880 FREE

Records: 51,469

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. These are textual records.

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Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880
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Records: 51,469
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October 10, 2008
Last Updated
September 23, 2015
Claims approved by the Southern Claims Commission recognizing the Federal Government's debt to loyal citizens for property losses suffered during the Civil War.