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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Civil War Border Claims, 1868-1879 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:

Record Groups. Records Relating to Civil War Border Claims. Records of the Department of the Auditor General, Record Group 2. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

About Pennsylvania, Civil War Border Claims, 1868-1879

This is a collection of claims submitted in Pennsylvania for recompense for damages to property and goods caused by the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Historical Background

Pennsylvania and Maryland bore the brunt of the Confederate Army’s two invasions of the north. The second invasion, which culminated in the Battle of Gettysburg, was particularly destructive. Pennsylvania passed at least three acts—in April 1863, April 1868, and May 1871—that allowed citizens in some counties to submit claims for damages caused by Rebel troops.

What You May Find in the Records

This database contains records related to claims submitted for recompense for damages sustained to property and goods during the Civil War. The documents include claims, petitions, applications, depositions, abstracts of claim applications and awards, receipts, and other items.

The claims typically contain the name(s) of the individual(s) making the claim, where they live, and a list damage sustained and a dollar value attached to said damage.

There can be multiple documents associated with a claim. Once you locate an ancestor, use the arrow keys to move back and forth to make sure you have all the documents related to the claim.

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