Calvin Blue's Deposition

1895 Deposition of Calvin Blue in the Southern Claims Case of Mary Lemons Buie
Copiah County, Mississippi
June 3, 1895
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd

Calvin Blue was born in 1819 in Richmond County, North Carolina. He was the son of John Blue and Effie Gilchrist. Calvin boarded with John McNeill and his family when he first arrived in MS to teach school. He married Maria McLaurin and Rebecca Jane Buie, both in MS. Calvin owned 26 slaves according to the 1860 Copiah County Slave Schedule. Calvin died in Copiah County, MS, in 1896.
Genealogy information from Family History and Genealogy Records.


CALVIN BLUE testifies: farmer; age 75; residence Copiah County, Miss; not interested or related. Testimony taken June 3, 1895. I am acquainted with the claimant in this case, John M. Buie, and have been so acquainted with him since about 1843. My acquaintance with him was very intimate before and during the war between the states and resided within six miles of him. Met him frequently before the war at church and other places in the neighborhood, and often heard him express himself about the war. In such conversations he always was opposed to the war, and thought it was wrong. I regarded him in favor of the Union. The claimant John M. Buie, was opposed to secession but voted a corporation or compromise ticket, which was regarded as a Union ticket. His views on the question of secession did not change as the war progressed.

I voted the ticket too and was as much opposed to secession as any man could be from principal. I was a Union man. As a matter of course, I cast my lot with the Confederacy after the war broke out. Mr. Buie stood on the same basis in this matter as I did. He was opposed to the war like I was, and I was a Union man. I was not in the Confederate army, because I was exempt, being a member of the Board of Police.


NARA - Record Group 123 - United States Court of Claims - Congressional Jurisdiction - Southern Claim File of Mary Buie - Case # 2568

Mary Lemons Buie's Southern Claims Case

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