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Panel 26 - Battles Fought in Court

- Seeking Compensation, Theft and Conspiracy -

General John Schofield, Commanding Officer of the Union Army's District of Missouri, thought that the best way to compensate loyal citizens for damages during the war was to make disloyal citizens pay for them. He enacted this philosophy with General Orders Number Three, which called for the creation of County Boards to collect compensation. If a citizen refused, their property was seized and sold.

  • One instance of this type of property seizure is represented on this panel, in this statement filed in the Supreme Court of Missouri. In Wright vs. Tallman, William Wright sued for damages incurred when the Miller County board seized his property as a result of the death of an Enrolled Missouri Militiaman and the injury of another.

Lawsuits in the aftermath of the war were extremely common.



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