Hughes, Elizabeth, Claim for Damages A Guide to the Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, 1868 Ms.2009.048

A Guide to the Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, 1868 Ms.2009.048


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Kira A. Dietz

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2009.048
Title
Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, 1868
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Hughes, Elizabeth
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection includes the Elizabeth Hughes claim for damages done to her home by unidentified Confederate forces in 1862. The claim is dated 1868, and details the loss of property stolen and destroyed by fire.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, Ms2009-048, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, 1868 was donated to Special Collections.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages, 1868 commenced and was completed in March 2009.


Biographical Note

Information in the claim states that Elizabeth Hughes' husband was a Union soldier who was killed in action before October 1862. No other information on Hughes or her family is available.

Scope and Contents

In February of 1868, the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee passed "An Act to secure the loyal citizens of Tennessee recompense from the United States government for losses incurred by the Rebellion." A claim had a list of requirements, including the need for a signed statement the claimant was loyal to the Union and had never assisted the Confederate army, signatures of two witnesses swearing to the person's loyalty, witness statements to the acts of damage or theft, and the signature of a military of government official to vouch for the claimant and witnesses.

On May 20, 1868, Elizabeth Hughes filed a claim (numbered "No 6") for the loss of property stolen, including a horse and wagon, bushels of wheat, and sides of leather. The claim also contains notice of a fire, set by Confederate soldiers, in which Hughes lost "all of [her] house hold. Kitchen Furniture[,] some valuable Papers, and many other articles too tedious to mention." The total claim amounts to more than $1400. The identity of the unit(s) involved is not known. Signatures include those of witnesses, county and state officials, and the governor. Hughes' signatures come in the form of her mark, attested to in each case.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

William Belew Claim for Quartermaster Stores, 1868, Ms2009-047. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Elizabeth Hughes Claim for Damages by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/ ).

Container List

folder 1
Claim filed by Elizabeth Hughes, Lawrence County, Tennessee, for stolen goods and property lost by fire in 1862.