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Civil War Reparations Letter Loss of “slaves made free by the Proclamation of the President [Lincoln] of the United States”

Civil War Reparations Letter, 4 pp. on one leaf, written to the Clerk of Court, Lancaster County, Virginia. This claim for reparations letter is dated 1872. It seeks claims for the loss of “...slaves made free by the proclamation of the President of the United States sustained by the people of Virginia during the late war of 1861 between the states”. The letter was written by Ellyson Currie, a member of a prominent and very old Virginia family dating to the late 1600s. This family was one of the largest slave owner families in the state of Virginia. The list of slaves includes their name, age, and value at the time. It lists 46 slaves whose ages range between 2 and 70 years.  

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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