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Petition of Joseph Etheridge

Title

Petition of Joseph Etheridge

Description

Joseph Etheridge's petition to the Southern Claims Commission, listing what he claims was taken by Union foraging parties and his valuation of those goods. His claim was rejected for several reasons, including his ownership of several farms and constituent slaves.

The commission itself was formed by act of congress on March 3, 1871 to handle reimbursement requests by citizens who had their goods seized by union foraging parties. To actually receive reparations one had to prove their loyalty to the Union during the war, a feat that was incredibly difficult to do with only 7.7% of the claims being accepted. Thus, these documents provide a useful insight into what citizens were doing during the war and how they responded to the Union movements through the south in the form of the proofs of loyalty submitted alongside the claims.

Creator

Southern Claims Commission

Source

Fold3 Barred and Disallowed Claims, Southern Claims Commission. http://www.fold3.com/image/#573721

Contributor

Bryant, Lee

Type

Document

Coverage

Colerain, North Carolina

Original Format

Government Document

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Files

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Citation

Southern Claims Commission, Petition of Joseph Etheridge, Civil War Era NC, accessed September 25, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/713.