Monday, September 30, 2013

Bounty Records of US Colored Troops, in Arkansas Freedman's Bureau Records E - I

This is a continuation of the names of Black Union soldiers who received bounty payments in Arkansas. The previous article contained surnames A through D. This article will contain surnames E though I. The records were found in Record Group 105 which reflect the many pages of records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. The Field Office from which these records were found were the Little Rock Arkansas Field Office. 

One observation that I made was that the soldiers were from regiments were from multiple states, including Arkansas USCT regiments. I had expected that they might have all been in the same unit, but in this case that was not the situation. It is not clear if Arkansas is where the men happened to have settled, after the war, and thus they applied through the Field office, or what their circumstances might have been.

I also noticed that some of the men received bounty payments as late as 1869. Nevertheless, the list continues and for all interested in documents from post Civil War Arkansas, this ledger is worth researching.

Note that the source of all Images come from the Internet Archive.

Elliott, Abraham - Emerson, Phillip

Ford, Hurd -  Farmer, Sam'l

Frazier, Robt - Foster, Peter

Gaines, George  -   Gordia, George
Garnett, Randolph -  Guy, Bristow

Gordan, James (Brother to Lewis Green) - Goodwin, Calvin

Hollus, George - Hayes, Punch

Harding, Zacahariah  -  Haley, Ned

Harris, George  -   Haney, Mary (sister of Giles Hainey)

Hardwick, Anson  -  Hampton, Rachel (widow of Wade Hampton)

Isom & Fanni (Parties of Squire Waters)  -  Ingraham, Charles

To Be Continued

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bounty Records of US Colored Troops, in Arkansas Freedman's Bureau Records A - D

Ledger from Little Rock, Arkansas Field Office
Bounty Register
Roll of Claimants 1868 - 1871

Bounties were part of a cash system paid to individuals as an enticement to enlist in the military. This was frequently employed during the Civil War, and is said by many historians to have been a system that was widely abused. Nevertheless, after war many former soldiers signed up to get their bounty payments.

The evidence of payment of bounties to the US Colored Troops varies from regiment to regiment and also from state to state. In some places bounty records can be found on the state level in state archival records. In other cases such records have yet to emerge at all. And finally a few have been surfacing as researchers are discovering them, in various collections from repositories, to the un-indexed records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.

While recently going through a miscellaneous reel of  Freedman's Bureau microfilm form Arkansas, several pages containing the names of soldiers from various regiments of the US Colored Troops. These were apparently in a ledger of books from the Little Rock Field Office of the US Colored Troops. Since these ledgers are name-rich and contain names of soldiers, the pages are reproduced for readers here.

Note the columns at the top of each ledger page:

Ledgers reflecting names and regiments of soldiers and the amount paid to each soldier.

Askew, Joe - Armstrong, Solomon

Atkinson, Cesear - Jno Allen

Boland, Sandy -  Brown, Tecumparth(?) Matilda-widow
Source of Image

Bogy, Lewis - William Brown

Brown, Clarissa (widow) - Bragg, Braxton

Barrett, Thornton - Brooks, Annie (sister of Abraham Johnson)
Source of Image

Brown, Albert - Bearden, Joseph
Source of Image

Collins, Stephen - Craig, James

Chatman, Randall - Cooper, Daniel

Carr, Daniel - Carr, Fannie, (widow of Levi Carr)
Source of Image

Carey, Frances - Cain, Green

Davis, John - Daniel, Nelson

Dorch, Edmund - Dunn, Alex


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