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
Claim Division
Jacksonville Fla Dec. 9, 1869

Pvt. Capt J. Murray Hoag U.S.A.
Agent for Collection and Payment of Bounties & c
Savannah Ga.

Captain

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
oblige me.

Very respectfully
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.
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