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Between March 3, 1871 and March 3, 1873, citizens of the southern states filed 22,298 claims before the Southern Claims Commission based upon the fact that they were loyal to the Union during the Civil War and had quartermaster stores or supplies taken by or furnished to the Union Army during the war. Southerners made 22,298 claims for property, but only 7,092 claims were approved for settlement. The paper trail created by the claimants and the people who came forward to testify, either for or against a claimant, provide interesting information about individuals living in the South during the Civil War. The original records are housed in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

Petition 4219
July 18, 1871

Petition of Benj. B. Fore, Adm. Of Charles J. Fore, dec'd. of Mississippi
To the Commissioner of Claims, Issaquena County
Filed by Bartley & Casey, Attorneys
Rooms 2 and 4 May Building
Washington, D.C.

Office of the Commissioners of Claims, Washington, D.C.
January 13, 1874
Chas. J. Fore, Issaquena Co., Miss
. Cotton sold to the Confederacy
Confederate Archives, Treasury Dept.

Office of the Commissioners of Claims, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 25, 1873
Chas. J. Fore, Issaquena Co., Miss.
Cotton Bonds
Confederate Archives, Treasury Dept

. Office of the Commissioners of Claims, Washington, D.C.
C. Fore, Mississippi
Cotton weighed for C.S.A.
Treasury Records


To the Honorable Commissioner of Claims, Under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1871, Washington, D.C. the petition of Benjamin B. Fore, administrator of Charles J. Fore, deceased respectfully represents that he is a citizen of the United States and resides at present in the county of Issaquena, Mississippi on Deer Creek about 12 miles east of Tallula, Issaquena. That he has a claim against the United States for cotton, meat, corn and supplies taken from the “Cunard” Plantation located where petition resides.

20,000 pounds bacon: $5,000
23 mules: $4,600
3 horses: $700

That all the items in the above schedule were of the full value therein set forth and were taken from decedent of your petitioner for the use of and were used by the United States army, a part of a corps or division of General Sherman's command, during the spring of 1863.

That no voucher, receipts or other writing were given.

That Charles J. Fore, deceased was the original owner of said claim and that he departed this life about the __ of Jany. AD 1866

Wherefore your petitioner pray for such action of your Honorable Commission as may be deemed just and proper.

B.B. Fore

Witness: J.P. Royall, James Pugh

Sown and subscribed in my presence, the Fifth day of June, 1871
A.M. Sea, Clerk of Circuit Court

Names and residences of witnesses who will be relied upon to prove loyalty:

Dr. A.L. Williams, Crystal Springs, Miss.
Daniel Cole, Hazelhurst, Miss.
Gregg Williams, Deer Creek, Miss.
Peter Middleton, Deer Creek, Miss.
George Washington, Deer Creek, Miss.
James J. Mayfield, Tallula, Miss.

The United States
To: Bay less B. Forrest, Dr.
1 Bay Horse, 6 years old, 16 hands high: $150.00

Genealogical Notes:
Benjamin B. and Charles J. Fore were brothers and the sons of Green Peter and Mary Frances Fore. Green Peter Fore was born about 1786, the son of James and Alsley Fore. Children of Green Peter Fore included: Charles J. (born ca. 1800 in VA, died 1866 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana), Benjmain Branch (born ca. 1814, died 18 July 1871 in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi), Green C. (born about 1812), Simon P. (born about 1810, died 12 March 1852 in Copiah County, Mississippi), William (born about 1816), (born April 1, 1818, died January 15, 1891, Scott County, Mississippi).


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