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Dewitt Clinton Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Clinton, Dewitt, fl. 1866
Title: Dewitt Clinton Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1866
Quantity: 1 item (SC)
Abstract: Letter from Brevet Col. Dewitt Clinton regarding compensation to Southerners during Reconstruction
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Dewitt Clinton was a Union officer during the Civil War and a member of the War Department's Claims Commission (sometimes called the Southern Claims Commission) which considered Southerners' applications for compensation after the end of the Civil War. In 1866 his rank was "Brevet Lieut. Col." It is entirely possible that he was related to the important Dewitt-Clinton families of New York but this cannot be ascertained.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dewitt Clinton Letter consists of a single letter from Clinton to W. W. Beckwith, an attorney in Richmond, Virginia, regarding claims by Beckwith's clients. Among other things, Clinton writes:

...proof will be required of the loyalty of your clients or that they have taken the Amnesty Oath and that they are not excepted from the benefit of the President's proclamation of amnesty.

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Subject Headings


Clinton, Dewitt, fl. 1866


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. -- Commissioners of Claims.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Dewitt Clinton Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 8 Oct 2008
Revision history:

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SC 239 Beckwith, W. W. 24 Oct 1866

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