Alexander A. Tally v. William Courtney

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
Alexander A. Tally v. William Courtney
Case Date: 
1869
Court Origin: 
Chancery
Cause/Crime: 
Slaves, Selling of

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County:

Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
97
Notes / Description: 

Courtney advertised and held a public sale of slaves before the Emancipation Proclamation during the war when the Confederacy controlled East TN. Tally purchased a woman, Fanny, and her two children for $2050. Tally made the purchase with only currency available at time (Confederate money; both parties knowing its depreciated value) but then Courtney later sued Tally for debt in order to get amount in good bank notes. Tally argues Fanny free at date of sale, so note/money does not matter anymore.