The Rights of the Rebels

August 1, 1870


Consequences for the men who associated with the Confederate army and joined the southern cause can no longer claim such as an excuse for not redeeming themselves to the North. The lands owned by these men in currently debated areas is also being discussed.


Consequences or Joining the Confederate Army. In the case of William H. Harper and Benjamin F. Bradley against David J. Ely and other's a very interesting decision was rendered by Judge Williams. The Court said that a person possessing the equity right of redemption cannot set up as an excuse for not having redeemed within the stipulated period, the fact that he resided in a southern State, and that communication with the north was cut off by a state of war ; if it appeared also that he went south voluntarily, and of his own free will entered the southern service, and gave aid and comfort to the enemy. This decision will be regarded with considerable interest, for there is a large amount of property in this city, the title to which is contested on similar grounds. The property involved in the present suit is situated on Clark street between Harrison and Polk streets, having a frontage of 123 feet on each of the three streets. It extends in depth to Griswold street, and is now valued at from $100, 000 to $150,000. -Chicago Tribune
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