|Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands
Thomas Hernandez, 33rd USCT Co B
December 28, 1869
Freedmen Bureau Records
Feby 12, 1870
Bureau R. F. And A. L. State of Florida
Jacksonville, Fla, Dec 28/69
William P Drew
Chief of Claim Division
Washington, D. C.
Thomas Hernandez late of Co "B" 33d USCI states that he placed his discharge certificate in the hands of Mr. Bill
Attorney at law in Beaufort S. C. in December 1866. He desires to know whether his claim is on file in your office
and if so what is its condition.
Your obedient servant
H. H. Duckee
Agt in chg. Claim Division
State of Florida
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.
In this particular case as you can see from the note on the top of the document there was a name issue. Hanandos
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