Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands Claims Charles Williams Company A, 34th USCT August 16th, 1869 Freedmen Bureau Records
Transcription: 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
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.