Pension application ledger index

Pension application ledger index
This [transcripted?] index serves as a guide to ledgers that contain the claims of blacks requesting compensation for wounds and injuries received or diseases contracted while serving in the Union forces during the Civil War. Most applicants had lived in Craven and surrounding counties prior to the Civil War and fled to Union-occupied New Bern after it fell to Union forces in 1862. The blacks subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army or Navy and served in a variety of locations during the remainder of the war. Claims for disability pensions were handled by Frederick C. Douglass, a black lawyer, minister, and teacher of New Bern, N.C., who served as a government pension agent between 1889 and 1897.
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21cm x 27cm
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East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Kenneth L. Whitehurst Sep 02 2015

I am a direct descendant of Harriett A. Boyd widow of Toney Boyd who was represented by Frederick C. Douglass in her request for pension benefits. Affidavits prepared by Mr. Douglass are found at the National Archives, Washington DC for her claim. There was a contesting widow in VA, so the record is extensive with affidavits prepared for the Special Examiner of the War Department, Division of Benefits.

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