United States' Brief of Maria Buie's Loyalty

In the Court of Claims
Maria C. Buie
vs
The United States
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd

DEFENDANTíS BRIEF ON LOYALTY

The claimant answers that she is the sole surviving heir of one Maria McLean, claimant's mother, who resided during the war on her farm in Jefferson County, Miss.

She alleges that there was taken from her mother at said farm by our soldiers in 1863 stores and supplies to the value of $1650.

The claim was originally filed before the Southern Claims Commission. The claimant's husband was living at the time she filed the claim, and had been a soldier in the Confederate army.

Three of her brothers, sons of the decendent, were in the Confederate army. The Commission rejected the claim on the ground that claimant's loyalty was not shown. Their report should be read.

If ever there was a rebel crowd, this case divulges such a crowd. The owner of the property furnished three sons, a son-in-law, and nephews to fight the life out of the Union, and while there may have been regrets for the troubles which the war brought, it was not because of love for Union of the States.

No woman can be adjudged disloyal unless this woman be so adjudged. Women as a rule stay at home, especially when they are old and this cannot be taken as a loyal act - where else should she go or be?

And besides, if this decendent be found loyal, it gives over the proceeds of this suit to Mrs. Maria Buie and her husband who enlisted in the rebel army about the same time of claimant's first brother, according to her testimony.

We ask the Court to find decedent disloyal.

John C. Chaney,
Assistant Attorney



Sources

NARA - Record Group 123 - United States Court of Claims - Congressional Jurisdiction - Southern Claim File of Maria C.Buie - Case # 2723

Southern Claims Case of Maria C. Buie

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