War Between the States

Plus Letter From Plaintiff's Attorney

Regards claim that bounty money was not paid to a New York volunteer


8 x 6 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This is a summons for money. The defendant is ordered by the court to answer the said complaint that he failed to pay the appropriate bounty money that was due to a man who enlisted in the Union army in August 1864. Signed by the plaintiff's attorney, H. Dunckel, Canajoharie, N.Y.

Attached to the imprinted document is a 7 7/8 x 12 1/4, manuscript, 2 pages, in ink.

Supreme Court
Montgomery County

The complaint of the above plaintiff herein respectfully shows to the Court, That during the year 1864, the above named defendant was supervisor of the town of Mohawk in the county of Montgomery and as such Supervisor had the charge of and was acting in behalf of said town with others in procurring volunteers to fill the quota of said town under the call of the President of the United States of July 18th, 1864, and also of raising and paying to Volunteers enlisting and credited to said town the bounty voted by the said town of Mohawk to be paid to each and every volunteer so enlisting and credited to said town under said call.

That on the 5th day of August 1864 the above named plaintiff was induced to enlist in the military service of the United States to the credit of said town of Mohawk and was promised that if he would so enlist and be credited to said town he should receive whatever sum the said town paid to Volunteers enlisting and credited to said town under the said call of July 18th, 1864.

That in pursuance of said promise he, this plaintiff, on said 5th day of August 1864, enlisted in the military service of the United States and was thereupon accepted and duly mustered in and credited to said town of Mohawk.

The plaintiff further alleges that said town of Mohawk voted and was paying a Bounty of one thousand dollars to each Volunteer enlisting and credited to said town on the quota of said town under the said call of July 18th, 1864.

That the said defendant charged to and received from said town the sum of one thousand dollars for the plaintiff's Bounty, but that he has not paid the same to the plaintiff nor any part thereof except the sum of three hundred dollars.

The plaintiff further alleges that he has demanded of said defendant the remaining sum of seven hundred dollars so due him by virtue of said enlistment and credit as aforesaid but that said defendant with holds the sum from said plaintiff and has converted to his own use the said sum of seven hundred dollars.

Therefore the plaintiff demands judgement against the defendant for seven hundred dollars with interest thereon from the 3oth day of August 1864, besides the costs and disbursements of this action.

H. Dunckel
Plaintiff's Attorney
Canajoharie, N.Y.

Light wear and age toning. Very fine.

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