Tennessee Southern Claims Commission Index
This index lists Tennesseans who filed claims with
the Southern Claims Commission from 1871 to 1873. These 3,929
Tennesseans claimed their property had been taken by United States
military personnel for use in the Civil War.
The claim files include interesting detail about people and about
the Civil War period in Tennessee. Each claimant was required to
describe his losses in detail, and to prove his loyalty to the
Union. Witnesses gave testimony in support of his allegations. The
paperwork in the files is often extensive.
All of the Southern Claims Commission files are located at the
National Archives, but the disallowed and barred claim files have
been microfilmed and are also available at the Tennessee State
Library and Archives. Allowed claim files are available only by
consulting the National Archives.
This index is based on volume 55 of Record Group No. 56, General
Records of the Department of the Treasury, at the National Archives.
It is duplicated on National Archives microcopy M-87, reel 13. The
indication as to whether the claim was allowed, disallowed, or
barred is based on the book Southern Loyalists in the Civil War :
the Southern Claims Commission by Gary B. Mills (Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994).
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