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Board of Army Auditors - RG 501 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Board of Army Auditors - RG 501
Variant Name: Commissioners of the War Fund

Historical Note:

At the beginning of the Civil War Governor Richard Yates called a special session of the General Assembly to reorganize the state militia and render assistance to the federal government. Among the bills passed at this session was an act that created a War Fund and provided for the auditing of all accounts and disbursements arising under the call for volunteers (L. 1861, Extra. Sess., p. 22). Under the terms of this act the Governor appointed three commissioners to approve all expenditures from the War Fund and to audit all expenditures for supplies and equipment.

This Board of Army Auditors, also known as the Commissioners of the War Fund, was terminated on February 14, 1863 and all its books, papers, and furniture were delivered to the Auditor of Public Accounts (L. 1863, p. 56). The Auditor later was authorized in 1865 to pay any remaining claims that had been approved by the board but not submitted within the time limit established by the original act (L. 1865, p. 132).

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