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SKU: US21576 Category: Product ID: 8664

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CLAIM – BORDER: CHAMBERSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA WAS BURNED BY THE REBELS UNDER GENERAL
MCCLAUSLAND ON JULY 31, 1864 AFTER THE TOWN REFUSED TO PAY THE RANSOM DEMANDED BY THE CONFEDERATES (THE SUM WAS HUGE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO PAY). OVER 550 STRUCTURES WERE BURNED, 2,000 PEOPLE LEFT HOMELESS AND OVER $750,000 IN DAMAGE. AFTER THE WAR THE CITIZENS PUT IN CLAIMS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR LOSES INCURRED. NONE WERE EVER PAID AND THE CITIZENS TOOK THE BURDEN OF THE LOSS. MANY TIMES THEY TRIED TO RECOVER LOSSES BUT WERE NEVER COMPENSATED. THESE ARE BOTH DATED 1872, SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR AND STATE TREASURER: …(A $97.69 FOR CATHERINE A DUNCAN; …(B) $16.28 FOR BENJAMIN DUKE. NICE PIECES OF CIVIL WAR HISTORY. IT WAS THE ONLY TOWN BURNED IN THE NORTH AND WAS DONE IN RETALIATION FOR GENERAL HUNTER’S DESTRUCTION OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY FROM WHERE ALL INCURSIONS NORTH ORIGINATED – ENDING IN THE BATTLES OF SHARPSBURG AND GETTYSBURG. HUNTER SAID AFTER HIS RAIDS THAT “A CROW WOULD HAVE TO PACK A LUNCH TO FLY ACROSS THE VALLEY”. EXC CONDITION. SEE US20967 FOR A BOOK ON THE BURNING.