State Civil War Claims and American Federalism
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Fordham University Press
As always, there are acknowledgments that should be made in a project of this length. While numerous archivists and librarians have provided help, I want to recognize the efforts of several in particular. They include Cindy Stewart of the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, Marie Concannon and Mark...
When the Civil War ended, a long line of creditors and claimants piled up at the door of the United States Treasury. Contractors, banks, bond holders, and aggrieved citizens all wanted their share of the Union government’s money...
Chapter 1: Origins of the CivilWar Claims System
On April 13, 1861, war fever gripped the United States. One day after the Confederate attack upon Fort Sumter, popular sentiment in the North erupted in a show of support for the idea of Union. As men rushed by the tens of thousands to hastily set up recruiting offices, the governors of the states agitated and rode this tidal wave...
Chapter 2: Missouri’s Precedentsand Lobbyists
In the battle for claims indemnification, Missouri was a victim of its own success. Much of the state had endured war firsthand through either pitched battles or bloody guerrilla conflict. The cost of the war to the state government was inordinately high, and Missouri would eventually possess the largest claims of any state...
Chapter 3: Memory and Claims in Kentucky
The degrees to which either local circumstances or the public demand for retrenchment determined administrative action varied from state to state. Indeed, even within any given state, the relative importance of these issues generally changed over time. In Missouri, economic urgency, and the attendant demand for retrenchment...
Chapter 4: Kansas and IntergovernmentalOperations in the NewlyCreated State
To this point, much of what has been described as defining nineteenth- century intergovernmental operations has been the ad hoc efforts of states trying to penetrate a fairly rigid national bureaucracy controlled by both precedent and the popular clamor for retrenchment. An additional characteristic of this system has been the extent to which local issues helped...
Chapter 5: Conclusion
The slow pace of reimbursement for most states lasted until the turn of the twentieth century. At that time, Congress began to display considerably less interest both in watching over the issue of reimbursement and in carefully guarding the doors of the treasury...
Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2003