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Walker County, AL unionist , Moses Camak 1812- 1873
Posted by: M. M. Steele (ID *****1092) Date: July 07, 2005 at 23:19:47
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Does anyone know of sources which would give information about any writings Moses Camak might have done concerning his political feelings?

Walker County was deeply divided during the Civil War; Moses and his family were out-spoken Union sympathizers before and during the Civil War. Due to his political stance and activities, Moses appears to have been a target for abuse from both Confederate troops and and Union troops. The Confederate troops took him from his home, "threatened and abused him for hours" and threatened to hang him. ( He is said to have walked with a cane.)

Both CSA and Union troops repeatedly raided his farm and mills during the war. His son, Will, served in the CSA 56th Partisan Rangers along with Moses' nephew, John Ryan. His youngest son was too young to be conscripted.

"Southern Claims Commission, Walker County, AL 1871-1880 " from the book, "Southern Loyalist in the Civil War" by Dr. Gary B. Mills, Civil War Claim filed in the South, listed Moses Camak as a claimant. Case # 21,118, Office # 3, Report # 6, 1976, Status "D". which would indicate his claim was denied.
Nat. Archives has 111 pages in this file.

After forty years, the family received compensation, through HR # 312, introduced to the 63rd Congress, 1st Session, by Mr. Austin, April 7, 1913:
       "A BILL: For the relief of the estate of Moses Camak, deceased.... the sum of $2,200, in full compensation for stores and supplies and property appropriated by United States authorities during or after the close of the Civil War and for use and occupation of real estate and damage thereto."

Note, the original amount of the claim was for $2,112.90.

BTW: Among other things, the Union troops raided all the beehives and added the honey to the 'appropriated' homemade vinegar to make a drink for the troops camped on Moses' property. Maybe to prvent scurvey?

Moses Camak was elected Probate Judge of Walker County and took office Aug. 22, 1865. He was elected for a second term and took office May 28, 1866. His picture hangs in the Walker County Courthouse, Jasper, AL. He also served as Postmaster for the Blackwater Post Office.

Please forgive the length of this posting. Moses' parents were Irish immigrants, and he lived his entire life in the south; I have always wondered what formed his beliefs.

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