A Guide to the Mecklenburg County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864 Mecklenburg County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864 1180855

A Guide to the Mecklenburg County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864

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the Library of Virginia
Barcode number: 1180855


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Processed by: Rachel Muse

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode number
1180855
Title
previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864
Physical Characteristics
.05 cu. ft. (1 folder)
Collector
previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.) Circuit Court
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864. Local government records collection, previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty (Va.).

Historical Information

previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit was named, like Charlotte previous hitCounty next hit, for Charlotte of previous hitMecklenburg next hit-Strelitz, consort of George III. It was formed from Lunenburg previous hitCounty next hit in 1764.

Throughout the Civil War, the principal responsibility for Virginia's indigent soldiers' families lay with the locality. The Virginia State Convention in 1861 gave the responsibility entirely to previous hitcounties next hit and incorporated towns and authorized whatever actions had already been taken. Acts of Assembly in 1862 and 1863 expanded the localities' powers to provide for their needy, and in 1863 some minimal state assistance was added in. At first relief was provided as money, but as the monetary system collapsed, relief was distributed in kind. Agents of the court maintained lists of eligible families, gathered goods for distribution and paid for them, and impressed supplies if necessary. Virginia was unique amongst the southern states in that it assigned the provisioning of needy families almost solely to the locality.

Scope and Content

The previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1863-1864 is made up primarily of the reports of funds paid to soldiers' wives, widows and other family members in districts throughout previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit. The reports include the names of the agents distributing funds as well as the names of soldiers' family members receiving funds. In some cases, more detailed information about the family is provided, such as the number of children and their ages. Some of the reports specify what funds were spent on, including bacon, beef, corn and flour. Also included is a small amount of correspondence concerning relief of indigent soldiers and their families.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • Families of military personnel--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit
  • Poor--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit
  • Public welfare--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit
  • Geographical Names:

  • previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.)--History--19th century
  • previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Accounts--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit
  • Local government records--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit
  • Reports--Virginia--previous hitMecklenburg next hit previous hitCounty next hit

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Mecklenburg County (Va.)--History--19th century
  • Mecklenburg County (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865