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Brunswick County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families

Brunswick County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1861-1866
Brunswick County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families
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The Brunswick County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1861-1866 is made up of reports and accounts of funds gathered and supplies distributed to indigent soldiers' families. These reports include the names of soldiers and family members and the needs of the families or the supplies provided to each family and the cost of thse items. Lists of indigent soldiers included with these records include detailed descriptions of the fate of the soldiers and their family situations, inlcuding the number of children in the family. The reports record where funds came from, who they were distributed to and exactly who and what the money was to be used for, listing specific amounts foods such as bacon, corn, flour, and coffee and household items such as wool
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Biographical or historical data
  • Brunswick County was named for the duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg, one of the German possessions of George I. It was formed in 1720 from Prince George County, but county government was not organized until 1732. In the latter year, Brunswick County was enlarged by the addition of parts of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties.
  • 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 counties 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.
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Location of other archival material
Additional Brunswick County (Va.) 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.
Brunswick County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families
These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Brunswick County (Va.)
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There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Brunswick County (Va.) Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (6 folders)

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