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Confederate Records Examined & Altered at Beaufort, North Carolina?
Posted by: Philip K. Kromer (ID *****2798) Date: July 28, 2003 at 11:17:38
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Dear Contributors to this Forum:

My question has to do with the Confiscation and Emancipation Acts which the U. S. Congress passed during the Civil War, specifically the First Confiscation Act ( August 6, 1861 - 12 Stat. 319 ), and the Second Confiscation Act ( July 17, 1862 - 12 Stat. 589 ).

An author who I will not name here has made the following statement, regarding actions of the Union Federal Government in the Confederate States pursuant to these Confiscation Acts:

"The Union government was actively seizing property and all of the public records in order to find out who owned what property so they could seize more property. All of the public records were seized from each county court house in every Confederate State and taken to Beaufort, North Carolina, where they were meticulously studied, some of them totally rewritten, thence to be returned to their original places ( if they had not been destroyed ) at a later date. This information was found out after I was doing research in the southern court houses. I couldn't figure out how the same handwriting kept showing up in all these different record books all across the south, in different states, on the same dates."

Here is my question: Does anyone know exactly where in Beaufort, NC all these records were stored and examined and/or altered? Also, who was in charge of this project, and under what Department of the Government did it fall? I have been researching this for a while and haven't been able to find anything written about it, other than the claim of the researcher quoted above. Is there any information on this in the various histories of Beaufort, Fort Macon, or Carteret County?

If you do have the information I am seeking, or closely related information, please include with it references to any written sources for the information, so I can do further research if needed.

Any information given will be greatly appreciated.

You may post your reply here, for the benefit of the whole Forum. Or, if you would rather contact me privately about this, following is my contact info:

Philip K. Kromer

Thank You, and Best Regards.

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