Could military service be applied to the 1820, April 24, 03 Stat. 566 public land sale?

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Joseph Leach (Leach-6049) 180x-184x, my 3rd great-grandfather, purchased land through the act of the Sixteenth United States Congress, First Session, that provided for the sale of public lands (public or private) in entire, half, quarter or half quarter sections (less than 160 acres) after July 1, 1820.  He is a brick wall and I was wondering if military service provided assistance for these purchases.  The act states that the war department must provide reports to congress.  And if so is there a way to determine if this incentive was used in said purchase.

Thanks, Larry

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in Genealogy Help by Larry Leach G2G Crew (590 points)

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In my understanding, the War Department was only involved in connection with the protection of the American Settlers along with the Security of the County.

The Military performed many non Military tasks since they were able to protect themselves as well.

~Brian Kerr
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There is no mention of military service or a military warrant on the land record, which says cash sale.  He was too young to have Served in the War of 1812.  https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO0630__.134&docClass=STA&sid=typ0jzch.c1h

by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (377k points)
Kathy, thanks for the example of military warrant, now I know.  It was a long shot but with his birth date being a guess it might have been possible.

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