Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Connecticut Comptroller Records, 1862-1863

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, October 1991; Clements Staff, January 2007; and Meg Hixon, June 2013

Summary Information
Title: Connecticut Comptroller records
Creator: Cutler, Leman Woodward, 1807-1901
Inclusive dates: 1862-1863
Extent: 69 items
The Connecticut Comptroller records are comprised of 69 letters to Leman W. Cutler, who was the state's comptroller from 1861-1865. Town officials corresponded with Cutler about bounty payments to families of soldiers serving in Connecticut regiments during the Civil War. Some items pertain to the taxation of insurance companies from other states and to other financial issues.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1991. M-2662k.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Connecticut Comptroller Records, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Leman Woodward Cutler was born in Watertown, Connecticut, on December 12, 1807, the son of Younglove Cutler and Aurora Woodward. After graduating from Yale College in 1829, he became a farmer and public servant. He was a member of the Connecticut Senate and the Connecticut House of Representatives, a town clerk and treasurer of Watertown, a county commissioner, a probate judge, and president of the Watertown Library Association. From 1861-1865, he was the Connecticut state comptroller. Among his other duties was the oversight of bounty payments to families of soldiers who served in Connecticut regiments of the Union Army. Leman W. Cutler married Mary Elizabeth Holcomb on October 31, 1831; he died on February 9, 1901.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Connecticut Comptroller records are comprised of 69 letters to Leman W. Cutler, who was the state comptroller from 1861-1865.

Town officials corresponded with Cutler about the bounty payments to the families of soldiers serving in Connecticut regiments during the Civil War. Some sought clarification of procedures regarding payments to soldiers' wives, children, and other dependents, and many provided details about individual soldiers and their dependents. Cases dealt with issues such as estranged couples, war widows, and deserters. Writers occasionally described economic hardships and stated their reasons for believing that a particular individual should receive a bounty. The letters also pertain to payments owed to the family of a prisoner of war (August 14, 1862), to the children of a soldier who had divorced his wife (December 5, 1862), and to the families of disabled veterans (February 24, 1863, and March 11, 1863). One correspondent from Concord, New Hampshire, questioned whether a 16-year-old boy's enlistment in a Connecticut regiment entitled his mother, then living in New Hampshire, to payments from the state of Connecticut (June 6, 1862). Some of the letters include Cutler's notes about his inquiries into the writers' complaints, which often required checking muster rolls and contacting military officers.

Some of Cutler's correspondence concerns other aspects of his duties as comptroller, such as a request that the Ladies Soldier's Aid Society of New Haven, Connecticut, be permitted to use rooms in the statehouse (January 15, 1863). Cutler also received 6 letters about the state's taxation of "foreign" insurance companies (those based in other states) and a letter about the Norwalk Horse Railway Company (February 15, 1863).

Subject Terms

    • Bounties, Military--United States.
    • Connecticut--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Connecticut. Office of the State Comptroller.
    • Families of military personnel--United States.
    • Insurance companies--United States.
    • Taxation--Connecticut.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • War widows.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   40, Schoff Civil War Collection  
    Connecticut Comptroller records [series]
     April 1, 1862-March 31, 1863
    Additional Descriptive Data

    List of Regiments Mentioned

    • 1st Connecticut Cavalry Battalion
    • 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment
    • 2nd Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 3rd Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 5th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 6th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 8th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 9th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 10th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 11th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 14th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 19th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 20th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 21st Connecticut Infantry Regiment
    • 23rd Connecticut Infantry Regiment

    Partial List of Personal Names Mentioned

    • Ayres, Daniel A.
    • Cutler, Leman W.
    • Dalton, George O.
    • Dayton, Eva L.
    • Dayton, William W.
    • Dean, Erastus
    • Dean, Irene M.
    • Fitzgerald, Henry
    • Mallory, Elijah K.
    • McGary, Andrew
    • Nichols, Harmus
    • Pelkey, Peter
    • Pelkey, Susan M.
    • Prout, Abby W.
    • Prout, Titus
    • Rich, William E.
    • Riggs, Frederick
    • Riggs, Sarah J.
    • Sullivan, Julia
    • Sullivan, William
    • Thatcher, Emma
    • Thatcher, Stephen
    • Westmore, Forell
    • Westmore, Samuel
    • Whitney, Henry P.
    • Wright, Charles A.
    • Wright, Ella

    List of Connecticut Towns Mentioned

    • Bethlehem
    • Birmingham (present-day Derby)
    • Bridgeport
    • Cheshire
    • Colchester
    • Cromwell
    • Danbury
    • Danielsonville
    • Darien
    • Deep River
    • East Hampton
    • Fairfield
    • Glastonbury
    • Goshen
    • Harwinton
    • Litchfield
    • New Britain
    • New Haven
    • New Preston
    • Newtown
    • Norwich
    • Oxford
    • Plainfield
    • Redding
    • Salem
    • Salisbury
    • Sandy Hook
    • Sharon
    • Sprague
    • Sterling Hill (in present-day Sterling)
    • Thompson
    • Waterford
    • West Ashford
    • West Cornwall
    • West Meriden (present-day Meriden)
    • Wilton
    • Winchester
    • Woodbridge

    Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Academical Year Ending in June, 1901, Including the Record of a Few Who Died Previously, Hitherto Unreported. Presented at the Meeting of the Alumni, June 25th, 1901. No. 1 of the Fifth Printed Series, and No. 60 of the Whole Record. [1901].