Return to 34th USCT

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Freedmen Bureau Records
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands
Charles Williams
Company A, 34th USCT
August 16th, 1869
Freedmen Bureau Records
Geo D. Allen
U. S. Marshal's Office
Southern District of Florida

Key West, Aug 16th, 1869

Capt J. M. Durkee
Agt in Chg. Claim Div.
Bureau R. F. and A. L. Fla

Dr Sir:

Charles Williams late mbrs. Co. A.
34th U. S. C. T. enlisted at Key West and is now residing here. He states that he
gave his Discharge to Lib Nauumassel? Agt at
Fernandina who prepared and forwarded his Claim for Bounty.

He requests me to state that he wishes the ? for the Bounty when allowed which may be due him sent here for
signature and that his Discharge be forwarded to him here.

Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt.
Geo D. Allan
U. S. Marshal


If anyone figures out the name of the Fernandina Agent or the ___ for the Bounty please email me.

The claims division of the Freedmen's Bureau was created to pay bounty claims and adjusted wages for USCT and
African-American Navy personnel. In 1863 USCT and Navy personnel were paid at a lesser rate than white
counterparts and did not receive an enlistment bounty. These claims would show the difficulties of later pension
claims of these same soldiers and sailors ---- names, marriages, and other family relationships.

This document is simply having the ability to keep up with the location of the soldier. He was born in St. Augustine. At
some point he made his way to Key West Florida where he enlisted under Col Montgomery in the 34 USCT. We know
that he was discharged probably in Jacksonville, Fl. From this letter he moved to Fernandina (and lived there long
enough to file his claim) and by 1869 returned to Key West Florida.
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