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Maria E. Chandler and H. R. Garner Cotton Claims Documents

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4128

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of handwritten and typescript documents - correspondence, affidavits, etc. - relating to two southern clients, Marie E. Chandler and H. R. Garner, of the New York lawyer Quinton Corwine, dealing with compensation due them for cotton seized by federal agents during the Reconstruction period.

Dates

  • 1864-1898

Creator

Biographical / Historical

After the Reconstruction era (1865-1877) in the South, there were protracted legal battles regarding claims by many southern - and some northern - cotton owners against the United States Department of the Treasury. The cotton claims stemmed from cotton being captured and/or treated as abandoned property as well as it being illegally seized by federal agents. Originally, the owners were to be given receipts for any cotton taken, but ultimately very few received any type of receipt. Also, no marks, bills of lading, or anything that could identify ownership were left on cotton bales, giving the owners no way of reclaiming it.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Handwritten and typescript documents - correspondence, affidavits, etc. - relating to two southern clients of the New York lawyer Quinton Corwine, dealing with compensation due them for cotton seized by federal agents during the Reconstruction period

Provenance

purchased from Ben Katz, 2015

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Maria E. Chandler and H. R. Garner Cotton Claims Documents
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
July 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500