Allotment Commission (United States Civil War)

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The Allotment Commission was a quasi-governmental agency of the federal government of the United States during the Civil War. It was established by an act of Congress on December 24, 1861,[1] It was a voluntary program whereby 1/3 of a participating Union soldier's pay was sent home to family and friends. The purpose was to prevent wasteful spending among idle and bored soldiers in camp. Among the first commissioners was Theodore Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.[2] Among those lobbying for passage of the act was Robert Roosevelt, brother of the senior Theodore Roosevelt.[3]


  1. ^ Sanger, George P., ed. (1863). Statutes at Large, Treaties and Proclamations of the United States of America from December 5, 1859, to March 3, 1863. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. p. 331. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Townsend, Thomas Seaman (1889). The honors of the Empire state in the war of the rebellion. pp. 63–64. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Isa Carrington Cabell (1900). "Roosevelt, Nicholas I." . In Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J. (eds.). Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.

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