The Resource Confederate Disability records

Confederate Disability records

Label
Confederate Disability records, 1867-1890
Title
Confederate Disability records
Inclusive dates
1867-1890
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Military Expenditures - Civil War. Disabled Soldiers
  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Agencies of State Government - Boards and Committees - Board of Commissioners on Artificial Limbs
  • Records, 1867-1887, including applications and receipts, and registers, detailing Virginia veterans efforts to obtain artificial limbs and money for disabilities received during the Civil War from the Auditor of Public Accounts
  • The records are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically into seven series. This collection consists of several Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) accessions that while identified separately, all pertain to the same collection of records. Since the specific APA accessions had been used and referenced over the years it was decided that each series would reference it's specific APA number, but one finding aid would describe the entire collection
  • Series I: Applications and receipts, 1867-1878, are arranged in five boxes, with miscellaneous materials arranged to the rear. Included are applications, certificates, correspondence, court oaths and testimonies, orders, postcards, and receipts detailing Virginia veterans efforts to obtain money and artificial limbs from the Board of Commissioners on Artificial Limbs. The records are arranged alphabetically by soldier's last name and each soldier's folder often includes a variety of records. (APA 112)
  • Series II: Applications and receipts, 1879-1890 (bulk 1882-1887), are arranged by year and then alphabetically by soldiers last names in twenty-four boxes. Included are applications, certificates, correspondence, court oaths and testimonies, orders, postcards, power of attorneys, and receipts detailing Virginia veterans efforts to obtain money for disabilities received during the Civil War. The collection is located at the State Records Center but has been scanned and is available online by using the Searchable database link. (APA 185)
  • Series III: Register, 1876-1880, lists Virginia Confederate soldiers who received either an artificial limb or payment for their disabilities from the Auditor of Public Accounts. There are two lists of disabled soldiers established by type of compensation: artificial limb or payment. The first list is arranged alphabetically by locality and includes the soldier's name, regiment, limb lost, and battle. The second list is alphabetical by surname and includes the soldier's name, place of residence, nature of disability, and date paid. There are several alphabetical lists throughout the volume so it is necessary for researchers to search the entire volume. A few loose papers are housed in a folder. (APA 183)
  • Series IV: Register, 1882, lists Virginia Confederate soldiers who received payment for their disabilities from the Auditor of Public Accounts. The register is arranged alphabetically by soldiers' last name and lists their residence. On each page the names on the left side of the page received $60.00 while those on the right side received $30.00. The register dates from an Act of Assembly dated 14 February 1882. (APA 184)
  • Series V: Register, 1882-1887, lists Virginia Confederate soldiers who received payment for their disabilities from the Auditor of Public Accounts. The volume is organized alphabetically by claims allowed - Class No. 1 and Class No. 2 - and then claims not allowed - Class No. 1 and Class No. 2. The volume lists the date of claim filing, name of soldiers, residence, date of payment, nature of disability, and to whom paid. (APA 186)
  • Series VI: Register, 1884-1887, lists Virginia Confederate soldiers who received payment for their disabilities from the Auditor of Public Accounts. There are 2 volumes: Volume 1 dating 1884-1886, and Volume 2 dating 1886-1887 (applications filed on and since 5 February 1886). The registers list the soldiers names, residence, and date of filing. (APA 187)
  • Series VII: Register, 1887-1888, lists Virginia Confederate soldiers who received payment for their disabilities from the Auditor of Public Accounts. The registers list the soldiers names, residence, date of filing, and notes if a request was returned or disallowed. The register dates from an Act of Assembly dated 23 May 1887. (APA 188)
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (Search as Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928))
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Additional physical form
Series II: Applications and receipts, 1879-1890 (bulk 1882-1887), is also available on microfilm (Main Microfilm, Cabinet 89) - no microfilm for Charles City County and Mecklenburg County.
Biographical or historical data
On 29 January 1867 the General Assembly passed an act providing artificial limbs for former Confederate soldiers. This act established a board consisting of the Governor, the Auditor of Public Accounts, and Dr. F. B. Watkins, to furnish applicants with artificial limbs. The applicants submitted orders from county courts verifying citizenship and loss of limb in the Civil War. Money for the artificial limbs was paid out of the treasury on order of the Auditor of Public Accounts. Between 1867 and 1894 a succession of laws were passed to provide money for artificial limbs. Additionally, beginning in 1882 and continuing until 1894, the General Assembly authorized the payment of commutations (a financial settlement in lieu of an artificial limb) to veterans who had lost a limb but could not wear a prosthesis. Through the years the General Assembly also enacted legislation allowing the money due to qualified soldiers be made available to their widows or surviving children. The board ceased operations sometime after the last funding act was passed on 8 March 1894.
Citation location within source
entry no. 112, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188
Citation source
Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Label
Confederate Disability records
Link
Arrangement
Organized into the following series: Series I: Applications and receipts, 1867-1878 (APA 112); Series II: Applications and receipts, 1879-1890 (bulk 1882-1887) (APA 185); Series III: Register, 1876-1880 (APA 183); Series IV: Register, 1882 (APA 184); Series V: Register, 1882-1887 (APA 186); Series VI: Register, 1884-1887 (APAt 187); and Series VII: Register, 1887-1888 (APA 188).
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Extent
27.6
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000484618
Type of unit
cu. ft. (33 boxes)

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