Families of deceased Civil War soldiers (Colored Infantry) who applied for Bounties and/or pay allowances.

I received the pension files for two of my ancestors who served (and died) in the Civil War (U.S. Colored Infantry in Missouri). They each include references to a “bounty” that was paid to their family members, possibly for back pay or other allowances that were owed to the soldiers.

One of the documents has a sort of receipt with a certificate number. But the only reference to where it came from is Treasury Department, Second Auditors Office.

The other contains is a declaration made by the solder’s sisters that was certified by the local court.

I’d like to find all records of these payments, including the original applications, but I don’t know where to look. They are not with the rest of the pension files of the soldiers.

I appreciate any help you can provide.

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    Thank you for posting your question to the History Hub!

    We cannot be certain that a detailed paper trail still exists, but the likely place to look would be in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (Record Group 217). Within the Office of the Second Comptroller, there was a Back Pay and Bounty Division, which was responsible for making final adjustments and approval of accounts audited by the Second Auditor for back pay and bounty due Army officers and soldiers. The available records include Letters Sent regarding decisions on claims. There does not appear to be any existing records of actual payments made. To learn more about these records, we would recommend you contact the Archives 1 Reference Branch (RR1R) directly at archives1reference@nara.gov for additional assistance.

    We hope this assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,
    Archives 1 Reference Branch
    [RR1R-24-34327-JD]

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  •  

    Thank you for posting your question to the History Hub!

    We cannot be certain that a detailed paper trail still exists, but the likely place to look would be in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (Record Group 217). Within the Office of the Second Comptroller, there was a Back Pay and Bounty Division, which was responsible for making final adjustments and approval of accounts audited by the Second Auditor for back pay and bounty due Army officers and soldiers. The available records include Letters Sent regarding decisions on claims. There does not appear to be any existing records of actual payments made. To learn more about these records, we would recommend you contact the Archives 1 Reference Branch (RR1R) directly at archives1reference@nara.gov for additional assistance.

    We hope this assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,
    Archives 1 Reference Branch
    [RR1R-24-34327-JD]

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