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Records Search: Admiralty Case Files War of 1812

Southern District of New York Admiralty Prize Case Files-War of 1812

NARA Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 – 2009

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 1814-  https://catalog.archives.gov/id/620323

Scope and Content: Prize law is that part of international law which concerns the capture of enemy property by a belligerent at sea during war. In the United States the Judiciary Act of 1789 and the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of “Glass v. The Sloop Betsey,” (3 Dall. 6) in 1794 conferred all the powers of a court of admiralty “both instance and prize” on the district courts of the United States. The prize jurisdiction was expressly sanctioned by Congress in the Prize Act of June 26, 1812 (2 Stat. 759), which regulated the issue of commissions and letters of marque to private armed vessels of the United States and provided for the adjudication of prizes in the Federal district courts.

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This database contains an index to Federal cases involving property seized during the War of 1812.

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