The Resource Warren County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1864
- Warren County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1864
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- Warren County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
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- Warren County (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
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- The Warren County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1864, is primarily made up of reports supplies and funds supplied to the families of indigent soldiers. These reports include the names of soldiers and family members, the amount of money or supplies provided to each family. Also included are agents' bonds which provide funds to agents to purchase and distribute supplies for the families and agents' expenditure reports. The reports record the exact quantity and cost of foods distributed to the families such as corn, wheat, salt, flour and beef. Occasionally, funds were provided for services instead of or as well as food, such as hauling wood
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- Warren County was named for Joseph Warren, the revolutionary patriot who sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous rides and who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The county was formed from Frederick and Shenandoah counties in 1836.
- 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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- Additional Warren 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.
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