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Loyal to the Union, But to No Avail

Charles Virgil Neidlinger was nearly penniless after the Civil War, and after a risky effort to clear his name with occupying federal authorities was denied restitution for losses he suffered in Sherman's March the Sea in 1864. The Southern Claims Commission was created for men like my

Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission; Author: Gary B. Mills; Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; Publication Place: Baltimore, MD, USA; Publication Year: 2004

Moore, John Hammond. “Sherman’s ‘Fifth Column’: A Guide to Unionist Activity in Georgia.” The Georgia Historical Quarterly 68, no. 3 (1984): 382–409.

The Valley of the Shadow: Southern Claims Commission Papers. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2023, from

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Barred and Disallowed Case Files of the Southern Claims Commission, 1871-1880; Record Group Title: Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789 - 2015; Record Group Number: 233; Series Number: M1407

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