Report of the Commissioners of Morgan's Raid Claims

On March 30, 1864, eight months after the Morgan's Raid had ended, the 56th General Assembly of Ohio took action by authorizing creation of a commission to investigate damage claims. The Governor of Ohio appointed three men to serve as a Board of Commissioners. On the first Monday of May, 1864, the Commissioners started investigations, and in the next several months visited all counties on Morgan's main route, hearing testimony of claimants, and determining how much money to allow these claimants for the damages claimed. The Commissioners concluded their work in September, 1864, and on December 15 submitted a Report to the Governor. This report was printed by Richard Nevins, State Printer, at Columbus, Ohio, in 1865.

Report of the Commissioners

Columbus, Ohio  December 15, 1864

To his Excellency, John Brough, Governor of Ohio

In pursuance of the act of Legislature, providing for the appointment of "Commissioners to examine claims growing out of the Morgan Raid," the Commissioners, appointed by you under said act, present herewith a report of "their proceedings, their findings and the facts upon which each claim is founded."

The Board, consisting of Hon. Alfred McVey of Fairfield County, Major George W. Barker of Washington County, and Henry S. Babbitt of Franklin County, was organized on April 15th last, by the selection of Alfred McVey as President and Henry S. Babbitt as Secretary.

Great unanimity existed in the Board throughout the tedious investigation and in the ultimate adjustment of mooted points.

Commencing its peregrinations on the first Monday of May, the Commission plodded on steadily to the completion of its weary work, from the confines of the state, where the arch raider first visited our people with his fellow thieves, following the main track of the marauders until the middle of September, the final session being held in Salineville, in Columbiana County, near the scene of Morgans surrender.

Our appointments through the state were all kept, and the investigations were conducted with the utmost rapidity consistent with an examination that should elicit the material fact in each case.

The plan of examination was to require of the claimant to state under oath the particulars relating to his claim - as to the property own by him which was taken, destroyed or injured by the rebels or Union Forces in pursuit thereof:  as to its value at the time;  whether he had ever received compensation for the same in any form;   If said property had been listed for taxation in Ohio in 1863;  and whether he knew aught of the subsequent history of such property as had been taken away by the rebels.  The claimant's affidavit to his own statement in writing was taken in each case.  Such witnesses as the claimant could produce were examined as the their personal knowledge of the truth of the statements made by him, and the affidavits of persons not present, who were familiar with the alleged facts, were also received.

The examinations were conducted publicly in the most convenient places to be procured by the Commissioners, and the claimants found themselves surrounded by their neighbors and aquaintences, who could confirm or refute their statements as truth and justice might demand.  The material points of each case were recorded by the Secretary at the time, in books prepared for that purpose.

The allowances were virtually made upon each claim immediately upon the summing up of the evidence, but, inasmuch as it was discovered that there was a very general disposition to appreciate the prices of property - that the values of 1864 were being substituted for those of 1863 - it was determined that in no instance would the Board award  a greater allowance than the amount claimed before the respected County Military Committees, who made their investigations immediately after the raid, and reported the results to your predecessor, Governor Tod.  Reference has constantly been made to those reports, and they have proved of very great utility in counteracting the tendency to add to values.  This statement will explain what might otherwise  be considered as evidence of fickleness and inconsistency on the part of the Commission, in fixing the allowance in numerous instances.

It thus appears that the decisions were practically made in all the cases which had been presented, at the time the itincrant Commission was ended, in September.  Since that time however, upwards of one hundred claims have been received by the Commission at Columbus, extending up to the very date of this report. 

A meeting was appointed for the board at Columbus, on the 20th day of September, to conclude the business of the Commission, by adjusting differences in certain cases, to equalize the varied rates charged in the same county for like commodities, and in regulating the allowances of the County Military Committees, already referred to. sc

Hocking County - Claims for property taken, destroyed or injured by the Rebel forces

Name of Claimant

Property taken, destroyed or injured

Amount Claimed

Amount Allowed

Alexander, Porter

Canal boat "Virginia" burnt to light water mark-$900.00
500 feet dressed lumber-10.00
Furniture - 18.00
Lines, block and bridge pl'k- 15.00

$943.00

$943.00

Allen, Josiah R.

2 horses, $110.00 -  $90.00

$200.00

$200.00

Brown, Adam

One horse

$120.00

$120.00

Cagg, Fletcher

One horse

$100.00

$95.00

Cherry, Sam'l

Damages to horse taken and recovered at Wheeling Va.

$25.00

X

Cherry, Moses R.

One horse- $100.00
Bridle and halter-3.00
Damages to horse recovered at Wheeing--$40.00

$143.00

$103.00

Deen, Jesse

2 horses- $235.00
Damages to colt taken, and afterwards recovered-$15.00
Provisions and damages to oats-$10.00

$260.00

$225.00

Gibbons, Francis A.

One horse-$80.00
One bridle-$3.00

$83.00

$80.00

Gorrell, Gershom

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Groves, Henry

3 horses-$305.00
One coat-$8.00

$313.00

$313.00

Hartley, Sam'l

3 horses-$305.00
One coat-$8.00

$116.00

$116.00

Hendrix, Wm.

24 galls. peach butter-$15.00
One saddle-$7.00
Cloth'g and househ'd good-$12.00

$34.00

$34.00

Johnson, Isaac

One horse-$120.00
One saddle-$10.00

$130.00

$129.00

Leo, Geo. W.

One horse-$100.00
One-year old colt-$40.00
Damages to mare taken and afterwards recovered-$25.00

$165.00

$140.00

Lincoln, Albert A.

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Mankopt, John

75 doz sheaves wheat, 37 1/2 cents bu-$37.50
18 bush. corn 75 cents-$13.50
5 bush. oats, 50 cents-$2.50
200 lbs. bacon-$16.00
Househ'd good, and prov's-$13.50
Cash and clothing-$63.50

$146.50

X

Mason, John

2 horses, $90, $80

$170.00

$170.00

Moore, Seth M.

One bed cover-$10.00
One knapsack-$3.00

$13.00

$12.00

Rempel, Ferd M.

2 horses-$245.00
10 bushels corn-$8.50

$253.50

$252.00

Swan, Thos. J.

61 meals

$15.30

X

Thomas, Isaac

One horse

$110.00

$75.00

Thompson, John

Saddle and bridle

$7.50

$7.50

Townsend, David

One (old) horse

$40.00

$40.00

Tribbly, Isaac B.

22 bush. oats, at 50 cents-$11.00
Riding skirt of claimant's wife for saddle blankets-$2.25

$13.25

$11.00

Umstot, John H.

15 bush. wheat in sheaf

$15.00

$10.00

Wallace, Andrew

One horse-$140.00
2 bridles-$5.00
10 bush. corn-$7.50
1/2 ton hay-$5.00

$157.50

$143.00

Wallace, David

One horse

$110.00

$110.00

Wallace, Wilson E.

Bridle-$4.00
Damage to horse recov'd-$10.00

$14.00

X

Wear, Thos. P

25 bush. corn at 75 cents

$18.75

$9.00

West, Samuel

600 lbs. hay-$5.00
18 bush. oats at 87 1/2 cents-$15.75
5 bush. corn-$5.00
1 riding bridle-$2.50
Meals to soldiers-$25.00

$53.25

$18.00

Wharton & George
Geo. L. Wharton, Thomas George

75 meals to soldiers, at 30 cents $22.50
Lodging sold'res and cleansing rooms after their use-$5.00

$27.50

X

Wheeler, John

One horse

$75.00

$75.00

Wherry, James W.

2 Saddles-$20.00
Grain, hay and provisions-$18.00

$38.00

$30.00

Wilson, Thomas

One horse

$110.00

$110.00

Wood, Benjamin

One saddle-$5.00
Oats and corn-$5.00
Provisions and lodging for officers and men-$30.00

$40.00

$6.00

Rodgers, James

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Sniff, Wm, Senior

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Sniff, Wm, Junior

One horse

$120.00

$120.00

Sowders Geo.

Three horses ($120, $100, $100) $320.00
Bridle and halter-$5.50

$325.00

$300.00

Sudlow, Saml.

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Sudlow, Jesse

One horse

$70.00

$70.00

Scott, Saml. L.

One saddle

$18.00

$18.00

Terry, Robt

One horse

$170.00

$127.00

Terry, Edward

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Watkins, Jerome

Cash stolen from dwelling

$25.00

$25.00

Watkins, Elisha

One silver mounted rifle gun

$18.00

$18.00

Webster, Thomas J.

One horse

$85.00

$85.00

Woltz, Jackson

One horse

$50.00

$50.00

Wolf, Matthew

One horse-$100.00
One harness-$4.50
Four blankets-$20.00
25 bushels wheat-$25.00
Household goods-$16.80
Cash-$10.00

$176.30

$146.00

Wolf, Edmund E.

One horse

$110.00

$110.00

Anthony, Jno., C.

One horse-$110.00
One saddle-$6.00

$116.00

$106.00

Aplin, Wm. H.

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Arnold, John

One horse

$75.00

$65.00

Atkinson, John

One horse

$125.00

$125.00

Coe, Frederick

One horse

$100.00

$100.00

Craig, Hugh

One horse

$77.50

$77.00

Edwards, Ervin

One horse

$75.00

$75.00

Gibbons, Francis A.

One horse

$125.00

$125.00

Harris, Thomas

One horse

$80.00

$80.00

Lee, Saml.

One horse

$120.00

$120.00

Linn, Fernando E.

One horse

$90.00

$90.00

McDaniel, Geo.

One horse

$125.00

$120.00

O'Neill, Geo.

One horse

$120.00

$120.00

Rempel, Ferd. F.

82 bush. corn at 85 cents-$69.70
27 bush. oats-$13.50

$83.20

$75.00

Stiers, Wilford

Two horses

$230.00

$230.00

Whitcraft, Wm. C.

One horse

$85.00

$80.00

Woodard, Wm. C.

One horse

$120.00

$115.00

Amendt, Conrad

Keep'g 14 scouts and horses over night-$10.50
Breakfast for 63 militia, at 20 cents-$12.60

$23.10

$10.00

Rempel, Ferd. F.

One horse-$120.00
86 meals at hotel, at 25 cents-$21.50
63 horse feeds-$10.50
Expenses for subsisting troops-$9.90

$161.90

$142.00

Stedem, Anthony

One bush corn-$1.00
37 lbs. bologna sausage-$3.70

$4.70

X

Stedem, Joseph

Provisions

$8.87

$7.00

Transcribed by Sandie Cummins


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