A Guide to the Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, 1863 Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts Ms2011-028

A Guide to the Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, 1863

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-028


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Processed by: Sarah R. Olney, Student Assistant, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-028
Title
Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, 1863
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains four receipts from Wythe County [Virginia] Court for funds paid to the families of 3 soldiers: William Ayers, Andrew Aker, and Wiliam Landers.

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, Ms2011-028, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts were purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Wythe County, Virginia, Soldier Benefit Receipts, was completed in March 2011.

Historical Note

In 1861, shortly after the Civil War began, Congress, in large part to attract recruits to the military, enacted legislation providing pensions for soldiers who suffered war-related disabilities, as well as the widows and orphans of soldiers killed in action. Congress amended the law in 1862 to provide a maximum pension of $8 per month for total disability, with proportionately reduced awards for partial disability. The same award was made for widows and orphans, although amendments to the law increased the allowance to widows by $2 per dependent child. Where a veteran left no widow or children, the law provided benefits to dependent mothers or sisters, and eventually, if there were no dependent mother or sister, dependent fathers and brothers.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains four receipts from Wythe County Court for funds paid to the families of 3 soldiers: William Ayers, Andrew Aker, and Wiliam Landers.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List

Folder 1
Receipts, 1863.