United States v. Gilmore (75 U.S. 330)
THIS was an appeal from the Court of Claims, in which court a suit was instituted by Gilmore, an ex-colonel of the army, for a sum alleged to be due him as allowance for servants' pay, beyond the sum actually allowed him for that purpose by the Comptroller of the Treasury, in settlement of his accounts; Gilmore claiming the same sum ($16) per month for such pay, as was allowed by act of Congress of June 20th, 1864, to private soldiers, and the Comptroller of the Treasury considering that under acts of Congress, regulating the matter, he was not entitled to so large a sum. Judgment was given in favor of Gilmore by the Court of Claims, and the United States appealed.
The sum in controversy, in the particular case, was insignificant, but the principle involved extended to numerous claims and large amounts.
Mr. Chipman, for the appellant; Mr. Dickey, Assistant Attorney-General, contra.
The CHIEF JUSTICE delivered the opinion of the court.