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Civil War pension application ledger, 1891

Date: 1891 | Identifier: 323.1.b
Partially indexed Civil War pension application ledger with claim number, name of claimant, rank and unit designation, and page number. Check for multiple entries. Most applicants were African American soldiers who 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. They subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army or Navy and served in a variety of locations for the remainder of the war. This ledger is part of the Frederick C. Douglass papers. Douglass was a black lawyer, minister, and teacher, in New Bern, N.C., who handled pension applications for African Americans who served in the Union Army and Navy during the Civil War. more...