|Letter from J. K. Durkee to
Capt J. Murray Hough over Bounty Claims
December 9, 1869
Freedmen Bureau Records
|Bureau R. F. and A. L. State of Florida
Jacksonville Fla Dec. 9, 1869
Pvt. Capt J. Murray Hoag U.S.A.
Agent for Collection and Payment of Bounties & c
Please inform me whether James H. Tompkins, late Captain 33d Reigt. U. S. C. T. is now in or about Savannah. He took may Certificates of Discharge from colored
soldiers for collection of bounty and a number of the cases are still unsettled. He was at one time at Hilton Head. If you can give me his Post Office address, you will
Your obedient servant
J. H. Durkee
in chg Claim Division
State of Florida.
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Editor Note: Probably referring to James H. Tonpking not Tompkins. See Huggison's comments on officers.
The bounties or salary equalizations paid after the Civil War were simply the beginning of finding and identifying soldiers and their wives after the war. The pensions
would prove as difficult.