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Dorr Rebellion: Insurrectionary Claims

 Series — Volume: Dorr Rebellion: Insurrectionary Claims
Identifier: C#01157

Scope and Contents

Record book containing the names of 5,057 members of the state militia, independent chartered companies, private citizens or entities who received payment for military duty performed, services rendered or damages incurred during suppression of Dorr rebellion, May - July 1842


  • 1842-1843

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No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

Claims authorized by Act of the General Assembly approved July 2, 1842 "to provide for the payment of the expenses incurred on account of the late insurrection." $50,000 allocated with Edward S. Wilkinson, Edward W. Lawton & Stephen Branch appointed board of commissioners to receive, examine & audit claims against the State. Commanding offers of militia & chartered companies required to furnish rolls of men engaged along with the number of days in service. Allocation of $1.00 per day authorized with claims terminated after August 1, 1842 (Acts & Resolves of the General Assembly, 1841 – 1842, Vol. 43, p. 135). Over 5,000 payments approved for military services or incurred expenses August 1842 to January 1846 including one woman, Catherine Hunt of Bristol who received compensation for four days service as a volunteer. Whole amount expended by the commission totaled $46,046.92. 4,343 orders drawn for military service & 714 non – military claims (Committee Reports, Rhode Island General Assembly, Vol. 10 # 102)


.02 Cubic Feet (1 volume) ; Volume 8" x 13" x 1"


Payment ledger of the General Treasurer of approved claims against the State for services rendered or damages incurred during the Dorr insurrection, May - July 1842


By date / claimant number


No accruals are anticipated at this time.

Related Materials

Burke’s Report, Rhode Island – Interference of the Executive in the Affairs of, 1844, 28th Congress, 1st Session, United States House of Representatives, Report # 546, 1075 pp.

Mowry, Arthur May, Ph.D., The Dorr War or the Constitutional Struggle in Rhode Island, Preston & Rounds, Providence, 1901, 420 pp.

King, Dan, The Life and Times of Thomas Wilson Dorr with Outlines of the Political History of Rhode Island, Boston, 1859, 368 pp.

Frieze, Jacob, A Concise History of the Efforts to Obtain an Extension of Suffrage in Rhode Island From the Year 1811 – 1842, Benjamin F. Moore, 1842, 179 pp.

A Rhode Islander, Might & Right, A. H. Stillwell, Providence, 1844, 324 pp.

Botelho, Joyce M., Right and Might, The Dorr Rebellion and the Struggle for Equal Rights (4 parts), Rhode Island Historical Society, 1982

DeSimone, Russell J. & Daniel C. Schofield, The Broadsides of the Dorr Rebellion, RI Supreme Court Historical Society, Providence, 1992, 116 pp.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

33 Broad Street
Providence RI 02903 USA