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Alabama, 
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Record Description
Record Type Approved (828) Case Files
Record Group RG 217: Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury
Collection years 1871-1880
Microfilm Publication M2062. Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880: Alabama. 36 rolls.
Arrangement County/Alphabetically
National Archives Identifier 566157
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The United States Congress established Southern Claims Commission the Southern Claims Commission, on March 3, 1871. The purpose of the Commission was to review and make recommendations to the House of Representatives regarding claims from Southerners who were loyal to the Union, and who had involuntarily “furnished stores and supplies for the use of the U.S. Army” during the Civil War. Later the law was extended to resources taken by the U.S. Navy. Claims were processed through May of 1880. Only about one third of submitted claims were approved.

The images in this collection show the claims approved by the Southern Claims commission for Alabama. The collection is NARA publication M2062 Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims,1871-1880: Alabama and is from RG 217, Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury. It contains 828 approved applications arranged by county and then alphabetical by name.

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