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BALTIMORE CITY
BALTIMORE CITY ARCHIVES
Civil War Records
1861-1867
BRG56

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During the Civil War Baltimore's municipal government offered a series of bounties for the enlistment of troops in the United States Army. These bounties were offered between 1862 and early 1865 and were paid for by the sale of municipal bonds.

These records relate to the administration of the bounty system. The bounty loans of July 1864 and January 1865 were administered by a bounty board, composed of the comptroller and two mayoral appointees, under the authority of the register's office; the minutes of this board and other bounty records can be found in RG 32, series 11. The administrative records of the municipal government and its involvement in the Civil War can be found in the records of the mayor, RG 9, and the city council, RG 16.

Ords. 52, 56-57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68 (1862); ords. 42, 50-51, 54-57, 64 (1863); ords. 27, 61, 85-86; and Jacob H. Hollander, The Financial History of Baltimore (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1899), pp. 307-09.






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DateSeries NameDescriptionMSA Citation
  Details1861-1866Administrative Records

Requisitions for supplies, receipts for expenditures, inventories of goods, cancelled checks for various Expenditures, lists of bounty claims, requests for equipment, claims allowances, absentees and deserters lists, and other various records related to the general administration of the military in Baltimore.

Separate item index available.

BRG56-1
  Details1862-1863Uniform Bonds

Bonds for the acquisition of uniforms providing soldier's name, rank, and company. Regiments represented include the Fifty-third Regiment, Baltimore City Guards, and the Washington Light Infantry.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-2
  Details1862-1867Bounty Applications

Applications for bounties providing name of soldier, wife's name, address, soldier's company, date of enlistment, and number of children under the age of fourteen years. Regiments represented include Alexander's Battery, Baltimore Light Infantry, Delaware Volunteers, Dix Light Infantry, Patapsco Home Guards, Purnell's Legion, First and Eastern Shore Home Guards, First Maryland Artillery, First Maryland Light Artillery, First through Eighth Maryland Regiments, First Maryland Cavalry, Potomac Home Brigade, Captain Snow's Battery, Captain Cole's Battery, Thirtieth Maryland Regiment, and Thirty-ninth Maryland Regiment.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-3
  Details1862-1867Bounty Correspondence

Correspondence about the subjects of relief money, bounty certificates, receipts for payments, absentees, requests for relief by spouses, presentations of claims, and legal rulings on these subjects.

Separate item index available. Several non-indexed items are included at the end of this series.

All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-4
  Details1862, 1864, 1866Bounty Payments

Records of bounty certificates surrendered and paid.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-5
  Details1862-1864, 1866Enlistment Certificates

Certificates of enlistment with soldier's names, regiment, and residence. Regiments represented include Purnell's Cavalry, Baltimore Battery Light Artillery, First Cavalry, First through Eighth and Tenth through Eleventh Maryland Regiments, Second Eastern Shore Maryland Regiment, and Maryland Volunteers.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-6
  Details1862-1867Muster Rolls

Records of soldiers belonging to various regiments including the Alexander's Battery, First and Second Eastern Shore Regiment, Purnell's Cavalry, First Maryland Light Artillery, First through Third Maryland Cavalry, First through Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Maryland Regiments, Fourth Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops, Wisconsin Fourth Cavalry, First, Fifth, and Tenth West Virginia Volunteers, Fifteenth U.S. Infantry, and Nineteenth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-ninth Maryland Colored Troops.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-7
  Details1864-1867Discharges

Discharges with soldier's name, rank, regiment, dates of enlistment and discharge, reason for discharge, place of birth, age, and height and other physical characteristics. Regiments represented include First, Third and Seventh Maryland Cavalry, First through Fifth, Seventh through Ninth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Thirty-ninth Maryland Regiments, Purnell's Legion, Alexander's Battery, First, Second, and Fifth Maryland Light Artillery, Potomac Home Guards, Thirtieth and Thirty-ninth Maryland Colored Infantry, Second Maryland Eastern Shore Regiment, and Second West Virginia Regiment.

This series also includes discharges from 1865 which were not indexed by the HRS. Most of the regiments listed above are represented among these records with the addition of the First, Second, Third, and Fifth Maryland Veteran Volunteers, Second, Third, and Thirteenth Maryland Infantry, the Second Battery of the Veteran Reserve Corps, the Patapsco, Guards, Fifth Artillery New York Volunteers, and the First Regiment of Connecticut Cavalry. Three naval discharges are also included, from the U.S. Princeton, the U.S. Lieutenant Lawrence, and the U.S. Winoaski.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-8
  Details1863Oaths of Lost Certificates

Forms with soldier's name, company, and certification by company's officer regarding the misplacing of bounty certificates.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-9
  Details1863Railroad Passes

Records of passage granted to soldiers and their relatives.

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All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-10
  Details1865List of Bounty PaymentsMiscellaneous list of payments with names of payee, dates of payment, and amount of payment. No indication of regiment or compiler of volume is available.

All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-11
  Details1865-1866Death Benefit Claims

Requests for payment of death benefits by relatives, usually soldier's wife.

Separate item index available. One non-indexed item is included at the end of this series.

All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-12
  Details1865-1867Power of Attorney Forms

Forms to give power of attorney for the collection of bounties from the municipal government. Name of soldier and regiment, soldier's legal representative, and date of agreement.

Separate item index available.

All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-13
  Details1867Enlistment Identifications and Death Certificates

Certificates attesting to the rank and regiment of soldiers and letters regarding the deaths of soldiers probably for bounty claims.

Separate item index available.

All of BRG56 has been cataloged into BRG56-1.
BRG56-14
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