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  • Description is exactly "An August 5, 1882 Florence Gazette notice that an elderly black woman named Mely Decatur, who lived near Pruitton, in north-central Lauderdale County, had "received the sung little sum of $2,180, from the Federal Treasury, on account of services rendered Uncle Sam by her deceased son, in the late unpleasantness [the Civil War]."

    Attempts to identify Mrs. Decatur and her son have so far proven fruitless."
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