A Guide to the Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863 Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863 0007762444

A Guide to the Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863

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Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863
Physical Characteristics
1 v.
Petersburg (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

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Preferred Citation

Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863, Local government records collection, Petersburg Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item was came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer from Petersburg Circuit Court under the accession number 52919.

Historical Information

Petersburg was formed from parts of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield Counties. A garrison and fur trading post called Fort Henry was established there in 1645 on the site of the Indian town Appamattuck. The present name, suggested in 1733 by William Byrd (1674-1744), honors Peter Jones, Byrd's companion on expeditions into the Virginia backcountry. Petersburg was established in 1748 and incorporated as a town in 1784. In the latter year the towns of Blandford, Pocahontas, and Ravenscroft were added to Petersburg. It was incorporated as a city in 1850.

In accordance with an act passed by the General Assembly 1862 Feb. 18 and amended 1862 Oct. 1 providing a mode of exemption from military service, the county and corporation courts were directed to appoint a Board of Exemption. The board was charged with deciding all claims for military exemptions brought before it, "carefully and rigidly conforming to all the provisions of the Act of Assembly." On 1863 Feb. 13, the Governor issued an order directing that where no board had been appointed, the presiding justice of each county and corporation court, together with the two senior justices, constitute the board.

Scope and Content

Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption Minutes, 1862-1863, consist mainly of lists of persons who applied to be exempt from military service. Names of the persons applying are given; the reason given for the exemption (mainly disease, injury, or occupation); and the board's decision on the petition for exemption. Arrangement is by date of meeting. Accompanying each meeting is a list of the present board members. There is no index.

Related Material

Additional Petersburg Military and Pension Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Petersburg (Va.) Board of Exemption.
  • Petersburg (Va.). Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • Confederate States of America -- Army -- Recruitment, Enlistment, etc.
  • War -- Economic aspects -- Virginia -- Petersburg.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Petersburg.
  • Military records -- Virginia -- Petersburg.
  • Minutes -- Virginia -- Petersburg.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.