Maria E. Chandler and H. R. Garner Cotton Claims Documents
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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.
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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.
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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
purchased from Ben Katz, 2015
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Martha Bace, 2015
- Guide to the Maria E. Chandler and H. R. Garner Cotton Claims Documents
- July 2015
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