Southern Claims Petition of
Alexander Jones

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No 16697 Sept 28, 1872

 

                                                                           PETITION

OF

Alexander Jones

 

TO THE

COMMISIONERS OF CLAIMS.

 

 

Residence of Claimant  Sale Creek, Hamilton Co. Tenn.                         

 

Nature of Claim Quarter Master and Commissary Stores

 

Amount claimed $306.00

 

FILED BY  Parker Chiles & Company Attorneys Knoxville Tenn.

 

 

PETITION

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To the Honorable Commissioners of Claims,

                  Under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1871, Washington D. C.:

 

The Petition of (1) Alexander Jones respectfully represents:

 

                That he is a citizen of the United States , and resides at present at or near Sale Creek P.O Hamilton Co., East Tenn. and that he resided when this claim occurred at or near the same place. That he has a claim against the United States for property taken for the use of the army of the United States during the late rebellion at (or near) Sale Creek, in the county of Hamilton, and State of Tennessee.

                That the said claim, stated by items, and excluding any and all items of damage, destruction, and loss, (and not use) of property; of unauthorized or unnecessary depredations by troops by troops and other persons upon property, or of rent or compensation for the use or occupation of building , grounds, or other real estate, is as follows:

 

                1) Ninety (90) bushels of corn at $1.00 per bushel                            $90.00

            2) Sixteen hundred pounds of Pork at $0.10 per pound (8 hogs)     $160.00

            3) Six hundred pounds of Beef at $0.06 per pound                           $36.00

            4) Eight head of Sheeps at $2.50 per heat                                         $20.00

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                   Total          $306.00

 

                That the property in question was taken or furnished for the use of a portion of the army of the United States, known as The Army of the Cumberland and commanded by Major Rosecrans & Thomas and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken or furnished, were the following:

               

 

Drake, Lieutenant, in charge of wagon transportation at Chattanooga

Minty, Colonel, in charge of Minty’s Calvary Brigade stationed at Sale Creek, Hamilton Co, Tenn.

                               

            That the property was removed to Rock Creek Academy Hamilton Co& Camps and used for or by the said commands all this on or about the 1st day of October, in the year 1863 and October 1864.

 

            That a receipt was given for the property which I have lost.

 

That your petitioner verily believes that the property described was taken under the following circumstances, or one or more of such circumstances, viz:

 

1.        For the actual use of the army and not for the mere gratification of individual officers or soldiers already provided by the Government with such articles as were necessary or proper for them to have.

2.        In consequence of the failure of the troops of the United States to receive from the Government in the customary manner, or to have in their possession at the time, the articles and supplies necessary for them, or which they were entitled to receive and have.

3.        In consequence of some necessity for the articles taken, or similar articles; which necessity justified the officers or soldiers taking them.

4.        For some purpose so necessary, useful, beneficial, or justifiable as to warrant or require the Government to pay for it.

5.        Under the order or authority of some officer, or other person connected with the army, whose rank, situation, duties, or other circumstances at the time authorized, or justified him in taking or receiving it, or ordering it to be taken or received.

 

 

That your petitioner Alexander Jones of Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn. Is the original owner of said claim and that your petitioner of the same place is the present owner of the same no other person having any interest therein, nor has any part of this claim ever been assigned or transferred to any one.

 

That your petitioner remained loyally adherent to the cause and the Government of the United States during the war, and was so loyal before and at a time of the taking of the property for which this claim is made, and he solemnly declares that, from the beginning of the hostilities against the United States to the end thereof, his sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that he never, of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that he was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or it supporters, so far as his means and power, and the circumstances of the case, permitted.

 

That the said claim has not before been presented to any Dept of the Govt to any officer of Agent of the Govt not to Congress or any Committee thereof.

 

That Parker Chiles & Co are hereby authorized and empowered to act as Attorney for the prosecution of this claim.

Wherefore your petitioner pray for such action of your Honorable Commission in the premises as may be deemed just and proper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         His

                                                                                Alexander  X   Jones

                                                                                    Mark

Witnesses:

  A. Shipley

  A. D. Stone

 

State of Tennessee

County of Hamilton

Alexander Jones

being duly sworn

deposes and says, that he is the petitioner named in the foregoing petition and who signed the same; that the matters therein stated are true, of the deponent’s own knowledge; except as to those matters which are stated on information and belief, and as to those matters he believes them to be true; and deponent further says that he did not voluntarily serve in the Confederate army or navy; either as an officer, soldier, or sailor, or in any capacity, at any time during the late rebellion; that he never voluntarily furnished any stores, supplies, or other material said to said Confederate army or navy, or to the Confederate government, or to any officer, department of adherent of the same in support thereof, and that he never voluntarily accepted or exercised the functions of any office whatsoever under, or yielded voluntary support to the said Confederate government.

 

Witnesses:                                                                                                                                    His

A. D. Stone                                                                 Alexander  X  Jones

                                                                                               Mark

 

 

Sworn and subscribed in my presence, the 10th day of Sept. 1872

                                                                                                A. Shipley, ?

 

Names and residences of witnesses who will be relied upon to prove loyalty:

 

John Hickman Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

Samuel Jones Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

John Rodgers Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

 

                Names and residences of witnesses who will relied upon t prove the other facts in the foregoing petition:

 

John Rodgers Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

Saml. Jones Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

George Morrison Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

Riley Rodgers Sale Creek Hamilton Co. Tenn

 

                Post office address of claimant: Sale Creek Hamilton Co Tenn

                Post office address of attorney: Knoxville, Knox Co. Tenn

 

 

 

No 16697

 

CLAIM OF

           

Alexander Jones

 

OF

 

Hamilton County

State of Tennessee

$306.00

 

 

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        TESTIMONY OF      

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Alexander Jones                  1     

James Pierce                       10    

John C Rogers                     12    

James A McDonald             14    

John C Rogers                     14    

 

        

 TAKEN BEFORE

 

                                                                                               Frank Hybergen                        

                                                                                                                          Special Commissioner

 

 

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                                                                                                         Parker Chiles & C of Knoxville Tenn

                                                                                                                                        Attorneys

 

 

No 16697

 

BEFORE THE COMMISSIONERS OF CLAIMS,

                Under Act of Congress of March 3, 1871

 

               

                In the matter of the Claim of Alexander Jones of Sale Creek, I the County of Hamilton and State of Tennessee

 

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            Comes now the claimant, before Frank Hyberger, Esq., Special Commissioner for the State of Tennessee, and represents that he has heretofore filed with the above-named Commissioners a Petition for the allowance of a claim for property taken for the use of the army of the United States, which claim, as stated below, does not exceed the sum of five thousand dollars.

            That the said claim, stated by items, and excluding there from all such items to as refer to the DAMAGE, DESTRUCTION, and LOSS, and not the USE, of property; to unauthorized or unnecessary DEPREDATIONS of troops and other persons upon the property, or to RENT or compensation for the occupation of buildings, grounds, or other real estate, is as follows:

 

1)  (90) ninety  bushels of corn at $1.00 per bushel                         $90.00

2)  (1600)sSixteen hundred lbs. of Pork                                                    *

     $0.10 per pound (8 hogs)                                                              $160.00

3)  (600) Six hundred lbs. of Beef at six cents per pound                 $36.00

4)  (8) Eight head of Sheeps at $2.50 per head                                   $20.00

                                                                                                 

                                                                                          Total          $306.00

 

            That, as stated in the Petition referred to the property in question was taken from or furnished by Alexander Jones of Sale Creek, in the State of Tennessee, for the use of a  portion of the army of the United States, known as the army of the Cumberland, and commanded by Maj Gens Thomas &           Rosecrans and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken or furnished, were the following:

 

Drake, Lieutenant, in charge of wagon transportation at Chattanooga

Minty, Colonel, in charge of Minty’s Calvary Brigade stationed at Sale Creek, Hamilton Co, Tenn.

 

 

That the property was removed to Rock Creek Academy & Camps (Hamilton Co, Tenn) and used for or by said command; all this on or about the 1st days of October, in the year 1863 & 1864 as appears by the petition presented to the Commissioners.

 

            That by the following named persons, the claimant expects to prove that, from the beginning of hostilities against the United States to the end thereof, his sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that he never, of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that he was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as his means and power, and the circumstances of the case, permitted.

 

John Hickman   Hamilton  Co Tenn

Samuel Jones    Hamiltno Co   Tenn

John Rodgers   Hamilton Co   Tenn

 

            That, by the following-named persons, the claimant expects to prove the taking or furnishing of the property for the use of the army of the United States :

 

John Rodgers   Sale Creek  Hamilton Co Tenn

Samuel Jones   Sale Creek  Hamilton Co Tenn

George Morrison  Sale Creek Hamilton Co Tenn

Riley Rodgers  Sale Creek  Hamilton Co Tenn

 

            The claimant now prays that the testimony of the witnesses just designated be taken and recorded, at such place and at such times as the Special Commissioner may designate, at the reasonable cost of the said claimant; and that due to notice of the time and place of the taking thereof be given to the Claimant, or to his counsel.

 

            Submitted on this 10 day of September 1872

                                                                                                Alexander Jones                    

                                                                                                                       Claimant

 

                                                                                               By Parker Chiles & Co

                                                                                                                        Attorney.

  PO Address of Attorney:

  Knoxville, Knox Co.  Tenn

 

 

BEFORE THE COMMISSIONERS OF CLAIMS,

Act of Congress of March 3, 1871

 

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Case of Alexander Jones
No 16697

 

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It is hereby certified, that on the 20 day of November 1872, at Sail Creek, in the county of Hamilton and State of Tennessee , personally came before me the following persons, viz:

 

Alexander Jones Claimant

Parker Chiles & Co Counsel, or Attorney, and James Peirce, Janes A McDonald and John C Rogers Claimant’s Witnesses, for the purpose of a hearing in the above entitled cause.

Each and every deponent, previous to his or her examination, was properly and duly sworn or affirmed b me to tell the t ruth , the whole truth, and nothing but the t ruth , concerning the matters under examination; and the testimony of each deponent was written out by me, or in my presence, and as given before me, and subsequently read over to said deponent, by whom it was also subscribed in my presence.

Witness my hand and seal this 2oth day of November, 1872

Frank Hyberger Special Commissioner of the Commissioners of Claims

 

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Deposition of Alexander Jones

 

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In answer to the First General Interrogatory, the Deponent says:

            My name is Alexander Jones, my age 51 years, my residence near Sail Creek, in the State of Tennessee , and my occupation a Farmer; I am the claimant, Alexander Jones and have a beneficial interest in the claim.

 

(I have taken the liberty to add the questions asked by the Interrogator with Alexander’s answers in bold italics. FT)

 

2. Where did you reside from the 1st of April, 1861, to the 1st of June, 1865? If on your own land, what is the size of your farm? How much of your farm was cultivated, and how much was woodland? Where is it situated? What was your occupation during that time? Did you change your residence or business during that time? if so, where was your new residence, and what [was] your new business?  I resided in Hamilton Co E Tenn about one mile from Sale Creek. I resided on the land of James McDonald . I rented land from him. I had a different number of acres rented at different times. I had forty or fifty acres rented in 1863. I had about forty acres under cultivation. I had about same amount rented and about same amount under cultivation in 1864. This land is situated on Sale Creek Hamilton Co. E. Tenn. I did not change my residence or location during the war.

3. Did you ever pass beyond the military or naval lines of the United States and enter the rebel lines? If so, how often, when, where, and for what purpose, and how long did you stay within the Confederate lines on each occasion? No.

4. Did you ever take any oath or affirmation to bear allegiance to the so-called Confederate States, or to aid or support them in any way, or to "bear true faith," or "yield obedience" to them? If so, when and where? State fully in regard to the same.  No.

5. Have you ever taken any amnesty oath? If so, when, where, and under what condition? Have you been pardoned by the President? If so, when and where, and upon what conditions?  No. No.

6. Were you ever directly or indirectly, or in any manner, connected with the civil service of the so-called Confederate tates? If so, how, when, and where, in what capacity, and for what periods? Was any oath required of you for such service; and if so, what?  No.

7. Did you ever hold any office or place of trust, honor, or profit under the Confederate Government, or under any of the States or Territories subordinate thereto? If so, state the nature and character of the office, the place at which, and the period for which you held it?  No.

8. Did you hold any clerkship or have any agency or employment of any kind, for, or under, or for the benefit of the so-called Confederate States? If so, state fully in regard to the same.  No.

9. Were you ever, in any capacity, in the military or naval service of the so-called Confederate States, or of any State or Territory subordinate thereto?  No.

10. Were you ever an officer or soldier in the Confederate army? If yea, when, where, how long, and when did you leave such service?  No.

11. Were you ever in the State militia of any State while subordinate to the Confederacy? If yea, state when, where, how long, and when you left the service?  No.

12. Were you ever in the home guard, or upon any vigilance committee, or committee of safety, which subject to the Confederacy? If yea, state when, where, and how long?  No.

13. If you claim that you were conscripted into the rebel service, state fully all the circumstances.  No.

14. Did you ever furnish a substitute for the rebel army? If yea, state fully all the circumstances.  No.

15. Were you directly or indirectly, or in any way, connected with or employed in the quartermaster’s department of the Confederate service or the commissary’s department, or the medical department, the engineers’ department, the ordnance department, the impressment service, the provost-marshal’s department, or any other branch of the Confederate service?  No.

 

16. Were you employed on any railroad in the service of the Confederate government? Did you aid in the transportation of soldiers, munitions of war, or supplies for the Confederate government? If yea, state fully all the circumstances. If you claim that what you did was not "giving aid or comfort" to the rebel cause, state fully all the facts and reasons for such your claim. No. No.

17. Did you at any time have charge of any stores or supplies for the use of the Confederate army, navy, or government, or the charge or care of trains, team or teams, wagon or wagons, vessels, boats, or other craft, or munitions of war, for the use of the Confederate army or navy? If so, state fully in regard to the same.  No.

18. Were you ever in any service, employment, or business of any kind whatsoever for the Confederate government, or its army or navy? No. No. No.


19. Did you ever furnish any aid, or any supplies or stores, or property of any kind, to or for the so-called Confederate States, or any State in rebellion, or to the army, navy, militia, home guards, armed forces, or military organizations thereof, or for any officer, soldier, or sailor thereof? If so, state fully in regard to the same. Did you ever give any information to any officer, soldier, or sailor of the Confederate army or navy, or to any person employed by or for the so-called
Confederate
States
, or acting on their behalf, or for their benefit, which might aid in any way any military or naval operations carried on against the United States ? State fully in regard to the same.  No.

20. Were you in any manner employed in the manufacture of munitions of war, of clothing, of boots, shoes, saddles, harness, or leather; of equipment for soldiers, or of any stores or supplies for the use of the Confederate army or navy; or were you in any way employed by, or did you aid or assist, others engaged in such manufacture? If so, state when and where, and by or for whom you were so employed, and for what period of time?  No. No.

21. Were you ever, directly or indirectly, employed in the collection, impressment, or purchase, or the sale of stores, supplies or any property for the use or benefit of the Confederate government, or any State in rebellion, or the army, navy, or other forces thereof? Did you have any interest or share in contracts with, or purchases for, the Confederate government, or its army or navy, or any State in rebellion, or its forces? If so, state fully all particulars. No.

22. Were you ever engaged in blockade running, or illicit traffic or intercourse between the lines, or were you ever in any way interested therein? Did you ever have any interest or share in any goods, wares, merchandise, stores, or supplies brought into or exported from the so-called Confederate States during the war? If so, state fully all particulars.  No.

23. Did you leave the so-called Confederate States between the 19th of April, 1861, and 19th of April, 1865? If so, when and how did you leave; where did you go; for what purpose; how long were you absent; in what business were you engaged while absent, and when and to what place did you return in the so-called Confederate States?  No.

24. Were you the owner, or part owner, or in any way interested in any vessel used in navigating the ocean to or from any port in the Confederacy, or upon any waters in the Confederacy? If so, what vessels, when and where employed, and in what business?  No.

25. Were you ever arrested by the Confederate government, or by any officer, soldier, or other person professing to act therefor, or for any State in rebellion? If so, when, where, by whom, and how long were you kept under arrest? How did you get released? Did you, for the sake of being released, or upon release, take any oath of any kind to the Confederate government? If so, what?  No. No.

26. Was any of your property ever taken by the Confederate authorities, or by any officer, soldier, or other person acting or assuming to act on their behalf, or in behalf of any State in rebellion? If so, what property, when and for what use, and have you received pay therefor? Yes. They took some oats and hay from me. They never paid me a cent.

26. Were you ever threatened with damage or injury to your person, family, or property on account of your Union sentiments? If so, state when, by whom, and what the threats were?  The rebels threatened to take me off to prison. Some of my rebel neighbors said they would have the soldiers to take me off if I didn’t quit talking for the union.

27. Were you ever molested or in any way injured on account of your Union sentiments? If so, state fully all the particulars.  No.

28. Did you ever contribute anything—any money or property—in aid of the United States Government, or in aid of the 29. Union army or cause? If so, state fully as to the same.  No.

29. Did you ever do anything for the United States Government or its army, or for the Union cause, during the war? If so, state fully what you did.  I fed union soldiers. I concealed and fed ? ? union ?? who were going to Federal army ? a ? of joining union army.

30. Had you any near relatives—any husband, son, brother, or nephew—in the Confederate army? If yea, state his name, whether he is now living, and where he resides. Did you furnish him with any military equipments, any clothing, or any money? Did you contribute in any way to aid or support him while in the rebel service? No.

31. Have you owned any Confederate bonds or any interest or share therein; or had any share or interest in any loans to the Confederate government; or did you in any way contribute to support the credit of the so-called Confederate States during the late rebellion? No.

32. Have you ever given aid and comfort to the rebellion? If so, state fully all the circumstances. No.

33. Were you ever engaged in making raids into the United States from Canada , or engaged in destroying the commerce of the United States in the lakes and rivers adjoining Canada ? No.

34. Were you ever engaged in holding in custody, directly or indirectly, any persons taken by the rebel government as prisoners of war, or any persons imprisoned or confined by the Confederate government, or the authorities of any State in rebellion, for political causes? If so, when, where, and under what circumstances? In what capacity were you engaged, and what was the name, rank, and command of your principal? No.

35. Were you ever a member of any society or association for the imprisonment, expulsion, execution, or other persecution of any persons on account of their loyalty to the United States , or did you ever assist in such acts? No.

36. Were you ever a paroled prisoner of the United States ? Is so, when and where, and by whom paroled? No.

37. Have you ever held any office in the Army or Navy of the United States ? Were you educated by the United States at the Military Academy at West Point , or at the United States Naval Academy ? No. No.

38. Did you ever receive any pass from any officer of the Confederate government, or from any person having or assuming to have authority to issue the same? If so, who gave you the pass; for what purpose; for what period of time; did you sign or swear to any promise or obligation in order to get it; or swear or promise to bear "bear true faith and yield obedience to the Confederate States;" did you use the pass, and for what purpose? No.

39. Are you or were you under the disabilities imposed by the Fourteenth Article of the Amendments to the Constitution of the United States ? Have you held any office under the United States Government since the war? If so, what office; and did you take the (so-called) "iron-clad" oath? No. No.

40. At the beginning of the rebellion did you sympathize with the Union cause, or with the rebellion? What were your feelings and what your language on the subject? On which side did you exert your influence and cast your vote? What did you do, and how did you vote? How did you vote on ratifying the ordinance of secession? After the ordinance of secession was adopted in your State did you adhere to the Union cause, or did you "go with the State?" I sympathized with the union cause. My feelings were that the union cause was right and the rebellion wrong and I so publicly said. I was I favor of putting down the rebellion. I executed my influence and cast my vote for the union. I desired to see the union army triumph and rejoiced in the defeat of the rebels and the ? of the rebellion. I voted against Separation and against all secession?. I remained a union man all the time.

41. In conclusion, do you solemnly declare that, from the beginning of hostilities against the United States to the end thereof, your sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that you never, of your own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that you were at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as you means and power and the circumstances of the case permitted? In conclusion, I do solemly declare that from the beginning of the ?  against the United States to the end, ? of my sympathies were constantly with the union of the United States and that I never of my own free will and accord did anything or offered or sought or attempted to do anything by word or deed to injure said cause or ? it’s success and that I was at all times ready and willing when called upon or if called upon to aid and assist the cause of the union and its supporters so far as my name and power and circumstance of the case permitted.

 

Examined by Special Court in answer to 2nd set of questions deposed and says.

1.  Were you present when any of the articles of property specified in the claimant’s petition were taken?  I was present when the Pork, beef and sheep were taken.

 

2.  Did you see any of them taken? If so, specify the articles you saw taken.   I saw Pork, beef and sheep taken.

 

3. Begin with the first article (Item No. ---) which you have specified that you saw taken, and give a full account of all you saw and heard in connection with the taking of that article?  [The special commissioner should require the witness to state all the circumstances; for it is only by a knowledge of all of them that the commissioners of claims can judge whether the taking was such a one as the Government is bound to pay for. The common phrase, "I saw the property taken by United States soldiers," is not enough, for there was much lawless taking. The witness should be required to detail the facts as to each item, when the items were taken at different times; but if all, or more than one, were taken at the same time, that fact should appear, and then a repetition of the circumstances is needless. The special commissioner must be careful to elicit all the facts, as well those against as for the claim, especially as to those articles of property which were the special objects of pillage and theft, such as horses, mules, cattle, hogs, &c. Claimants must bear in mind that a neglect to observe these directions works to the prejudice of the claimant, and may defeat the claim.]

 

Col. Mintys command was encamped near where I lived and his men took the hogs and the sheep. The Hogs were in a field near my house and near where the soldiers were encamped, and the soldiers shot them down and cleaned them and took them out to their camps and used the. The sheep were at the field and they shot them and used them at the same time with the hogs. These soldiers said they wanted meat and were going to kill the hogs and sheep. There was some soldiers came along with some wagons and they killed ‘im (2) beef cattle and cleaned them and used enough of the beef there and took the balance off in wagons. I didn’t know what regs. those soldiers belonged to.

4. Where were the articles taken? When were they taken? Give the day, month and year, if you can? By whom were they taken? Did you see more than one soldier engaged in the taking? How many soldiers were present? State the number as near as you can? How many helped take the property? How long were they engaged in taking the property?  Taken from the land on which I lived on Hamilton Co. Tenn. The hogs and sheep were taken about September 1863 by Col Mintys command of Federal soldiers. They were taken in a few days. A great many soldiers were engaged in the taking but I do not know the number. The cattle were taken in the winter of 1863 – can’t give the month. Taken by some Federal soldiers along with some wagon but I never know to what command they belonged. There was about fifteen or twenty of those soldiers.

5. Who were present other than soldiers when you saw them taken? Give the names of all you know?  My family. Riley Rogers was present when the hogs and sheep were taken. Saml Jones was present when the cattle were taken.

6. Was any United States officer, commissioned or non-commissioned, present at the taking? If so, state his name, rank, regiment, and the command to which he belonged. Did he order the property to be taken? Did he say anything about the taking?  There was several officers present when the hogs and sheep were taken. I think on was named Mackey. I do not remember any other names. I talked to Mackey who was either Sergeant or hired and said he wouldn’t do anything with the men. I do not remember that I heard any of the other officers say anything about the taking of the hogs or sheep. I do not know whether there was any officers present when the cattle were taken or not.

7. Describe how the property was taken, and give a full account of all you saw done, or heard said, upon the occasion of the taking.   Col. Mintys soldiers shot the hogs and cleaned them and took them to their camps in sight of my house and used them. The sheep were in the field and they shot them down and cleaned and used them. There was a portion of a Federal wagon driver in charge of Federal soldiers came to my place and the soldiers killed and cleaned the beef cattle and used some of the beef there and hauled some of it off in wagons.

8. How was the property removed—by soldiers or in wagons, or in what manner? State fully as to each article taken and removed.  The sheep and hogs were used mostly there on the premises. Some of the Pork was taken off in wagons. Some of the beef was hauled off in wagons.

9. To what place was it removed? Did you follow it to such place, or see it, or any portion of it, at any such place, or on its way to such place? How do you know the place to which it was removed?  The beef and hogs were taken towards Smiths X Roads Rhea Co. Tenn. I did not follow them.

10.  Do you know the use for which the property was taken? What was the use, and how do you know it? Did you see the property so taken used by the United States army? Did you see any part of the property so used? State fully all you know as to the property or any of it having been used by the army; and distinguish between what you saw and know, and what you may have heard from others, or may think, or suppose, or infer to be true.    I saw the soldiers cleaning the hogs and the sheep and the cattle and cooking and eating the mutton, pork and beef. Their camps were all around my house and I could not help seeing them as I was right among them. I did not see any other supplies.

 

11. Was any complaint made to any officer on account of such taking? If so, state the name, rank, and regiment of the officer. What did he say about it? State fully all that he said11.  Was any voucher or receipt for the property asked for? If so, of whom asked? State name, rank, and regiment.   I made a complaint to Sergeant or Lieutenant Mackey about the hogs and sheep. I told him that if Col. Minty was there e would not allow it. He said the soldiers were bound to have something to eat and that he could not do anything with his men. I made no other complaint.

12.  Was any receipt or paper given? If so, produce it, or state where it is, and why it is not produced. If no voucher or receipt was given, state why none was given, and if refused, why it was refused; state all that was said about it. State fully all the conversation between any officer or other person taking the property, and the claimant, or any one acting for him.    I neither asked for or recd any.

13.  Was the property, or any of it, taken in the night-time? At what hour of the day (as near as you can tell) was it taken? Was any of the property taken secretly, or so that you did not know of it when taken?  When the property was taken, was any part of the army encamped in that vicinity? If so, state how far from the place where the property was taken, and what was the company, regiment, or brigade there encamped? How long had it been encamped there? How long did it stay there, and when did it leave? Had there been any battle or skirmish near there, just before the property was taken? Did you know the quartermasters, or any of them, or any other officers of the army for whose use the property is supposed to have been taken?  No. Taken in the daytime at different hours of the day and openly.

14.  Describe clearly the condition of the property when taken, and all that tends to show its value at the time and place of taking? Thus, if corn, was it green or ripe? Had it been harvested? Was it in the shock, or husked, or shelled? Where was it? If grain, was it standing; had it been cut; was it in shocks, or in the barn or in stacks; had it been threshed? If horses, mules, or cattle, state when they were taken, how taken, and fully their condition, age, and value. Have you talked with claimant about their value?    Col. Minty’s command was encamped on the place on which  I lived. They remained there a week of so. I do not know of any other Federal encampment near there at that time. I know Lieut. Mackey did not know any other of the officers that I remember. I knew Col. Minty who was in command.

15.  What means have you of knowing the quantity taken? State particularly how you estimate the quantity? Did you count or weigh the articles? Give us all your data. How much did you see taken and removed? What quantity was taken in your presence? As to quantity, distinguish carefully as to what you saw and know, and what you may think or believe from what you have heard from others.  The corn was in the field and had not been gathered. It was rip and good sound corn. Corn was worth one dollar per bushel. The beef cattle were in good beef order. They were fat. Beef was worth some six cents per pound. The Hogs were fat and in good pork order. Pork was worth – do not know what. The sheep were in good order. They were in good sized sheep. I do not know their value.

16. If you have testified as to the taking of wood, how do you know it was taken? How do you know the quantity? Was it measured? By whom? What was the kind, quality, and value of the wood? Was it taken in the tree, standing, or had it been cut? Where was it taken?   There was eighteen acres in the field from which the corn was taken. No corn had been gathered out of the field. They took three wagon loads of corn out of the field. I did not see it taken but the wagon Master told me that they had taken three loads. I saw eight hogs taken. They would average two hundred pounds each. They would weigh three hundred pounds each. I saw them kill four or five sheep. I had nine sheep and they took all but one. There was only one left. Each item named was my property when taken. I raised it all on rented land. I rented the land from James McDonald and was to pay him one third of the corn as rent. The hogs, sheep, and cattle no one but myself had interest in. No part of my claim has ever been paid. I got a receipt for three wagon loads of corn. It was signed by a wagon master named Budd. I gave it to A.A. Pearson and he said he lost it. I did not understand the question when asked before. I never recd pay for anything taken at same time.                             

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And Further Deponent with not Attest             Alexander  X  Jones

 Frank Hyberger                                                                           Mark

Special Commissioner

 

Witness James Pierce age 31 years occupation Farmer and residence near Sail Creek Tenn being duly sworn and examined by the Special Commissioner in regard to the loyalty of claimant deposed and says.

I have been acquainted with claimant twenty years. I was acquainted with him during the war. I lived about five and a half miles from him down the road. I saw him frequently. I was a union man and was so regarded by him. I conversed with him some about the war and its cause and progress. He always said he was a union man. He said the rebellion was wrong and he was opposed to it and in favor of putting it down. I am satisfied from the acts and language that he was in sympathy with the union cause. His public reputation so far as known to me was that of a union man. He was regarded during the war by his union neighbors as a union man. I conversed with him on these subjects alone. I do not know any act he did for the union cause but he always said he was a union man. I do not know that he ever contributed any money or property to the union cause or any  ? information to Federal army in aid of chief movement and cause. I think he was once arrested for the rebel but Jones not ? He was threatened by the revels just as all union men were threatened. I do not know that he ever contributed anything in any way to aid Confederacy or ever owned any Confederate bond or ever did any act done that I think his language and public reputation as a union man would have prevented him from proving his loyalty to the confederacy.

And Attest this Deponent saith me.                        James Pierce

Frank Hyberger

Special Commissioner

 

 

Witness John C Rogers aged 24 years occupation Farmer and residence near Sail Creek Tenn. being duly sworn and examined by the Special Commissioner in regard to the loyalty of the claimant deposed and says.

I have been acquainted with the claimant since 1862. I was acquainted with the claimant from 1862 until the close of the war except during about twelve months that I was in the Federal army. I lived about one quarter of a mile from the claimant. I saw him frequently. I was an adherent of the union cause and was so regarded by him. I conversed with the claimant about the war and its cause and progress. I heard him frequently say he was a union man and every time he talked to me he said he was in favor of the union cause and opposed to the rebellion. He was in favor of putting down the rebellion. I never heard him talk any other way. I knew by his acts and language that he sympathized with the union cause. I conversed with him on these subjects alone. I knew his public reputation as its loyalty and it was that of a union man. He was regarded by his union neighbors as a union man. I do not know that he ever contributed any money or property to aid the union cause or army or ever gave information to Federal army. Do not know that he was ever molested or threatened with injury on account of his union sentiments but he had to lay out to avoid arrest by the rebels. I do not know that he contributed anything in anyway to aid the Confederacy or ever owned any Confederate bonds or ever did anything to aid the Confederacy. His public reputation and language as a union man would have prevented him from proving loyalty to the Confederacy.

Futher Deponent saith not.                                     S. E. Rodgers

Frank Hyberger

Special Commissioner

 

 

 

Witness James A. Mc Donald aged 40 years of near Sail Creek Hamilton Co Tenn duly sworn and examined by Atty for claimant deposed and says.

In the year 1863 and 1864 A. Jones (the claimant) rented land from me, lived and raised crops on it. In the year 1864 claimant raised about thirty acres of corn. He gave me one third of the crop as rent. There was a detachment of Federal soldiers working the Sail Creek Coal mines. They took forage fro the citizens for ???. I ?? these men took their Government wagon loads of ? and corn (unshucked). I did not see it taken. I do not know how much the wagons held. This land is in the 11th Civil District of Hamilton Co Tenn on the waters of Sail Creek.

And Further this Deponent saith not Attest                    James A. McDonald

Frank Hyberger

Special Commissioner

 

Witness John C. Rogers aged 24 years occupation Farmer and residence near Sail Creek Tenn. being duly examined by Attorney deposed and says.

I lived about half a mile from claimant during war. During years 1863 and 1864 claimant rented land on Sail Creek Hamilton Co Tenn. from James McDonald and raised crops on it. I have no idea how much land he had rented. Claimant raised a corn crop on that land during both 1863 and 1864 but how many acres I do not know. I understood that the Federal army took three wagon loads of corn from the claimant in 1864 but I know of my own knowledge nothing of the taking. I think claimant was to pay McDonald one third of the crop for rent. I know in the Fall of 1863 claimant had eight or ten head of hogs which would average about one hundred and fifty pounds each and five or (6) six cattle and a lot of sheep. I understood from claimant that the Federal army took his hogs, cattle and sheep but of the taking I know nothing except the claimant statement to that effect as I did not see any of them taken. I do not remember the value of any of these items. They were claimant’s property. I never heard of claimant receiving any par or making application for pay heretofore. I am no relative of claimant and have no interest in this claim.

And Further Deponent saith not Attest                J C Rodgers

Frank Hyberger

Special Commissioner

 

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REMARKS BY THE SPECIAL COMMISSIONER

Know nothing prejudicial to claim. Merely  wish to call attention to the fact that the property is not well proved owing to the absence of witnesses.

                                                                                                         Frank Hyberger

                                                                                                                                   Special Commissioner

 

 

 

COMMISSIONERS OF CLAIMS

                                                                                                                          Act March 30, 1871

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No 16697

 

CLAIM

OF

           

Alexander Jones

 

OF

 

Hamilton County

State of Tennessee

 

 

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SUMMARY REPORT

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Amount Allowed, $ -

 

SUBMITTTED TO CONGRESS

December 20, 1875

 

No 16697

The Claim of Alexander Jones, of Hamilton Co., in the State of Tennessee

 

The claim consists of 4 items amounting to $306.00

 

 

REMARKS

 

One of the witnesses to claimants loyalty did not know him til 1862 & was then but 14 years of age – the other witness resided 5 ½ miles from the claimant – His testimony is weak & pointless – He states no important facts. The claimant says he was even molested on account of his Union sentiments – He did nothing for the Union cause excepting the stereotyped answer of feeding union men & piloting Union men to the Federal Army – The proof of loyalty doubtful – But if satisfactory there is another difficulty in the way of making the claim – There is no proof of the taking of the corn & no proof of the other items excepting by the claimant & from his statement it is doubtful whether those items should not be charged to depudation – The claim is disallowed.

 

 

                                                AO Aldis

                                                Orange Ferriss               Congress of Claims

                                                JB Howell