A Southern Unionist claim from Fauquier… with a tie to Gettysburg By Robert Moore
Take the case of Jane Bradford. She, along with her siblings, laid claim for losses incurred by brother Robert Morrow (who died in 1869/70), when Union soldiers cleared a fair number of trees from the family estate known as Effingham Forest (512 3/4 acres), in Fauquier County.
The claims revealed a fascinating story. One of Jane’s sisters, Susan, had married Strother H. Shaw, and had several children, but died around 1850. Of those children, one, James W. Shaw, was sent to Ohio to live with a grandfather. When the war came, Virginia-born James enlisted in the Union army (ordinance sergeant with the 34th Ohio). Meanwhile, two or three of his brothers ended up in the Confederate army.
Furthermore, another sister, who had married a man with the surname of Bird, had a son as well. He too (yes, also Virginia-born) enlisted in the Union army as well.
Now, maybe I should mention something… the Morrow family wasn’t confined to Fauquier and neighboring Culpeper County. Rather, Jane and many of her siblings actually lived in Washington, D.C. It seems most (not all) of those who remained behind in Fauquier and Culpeper were the ones who were Confederate-leaning.
Ultimately, the Morrow children/grandchildren who were named in the claim received approval for their claim.
Wait… there’s more… one of the children (not grandchild… but child) listed in the claim was also a Union soldier. In fact, though born in Warrenton, he was an officer. In the middle of June, 1863, his regiment was among those on the march. What follows comes from the history of the unit in which this Virginia-born Union officer served…
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