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October 31, 2009

GENEALOGY: Confederate pension records out there for the asking

Last month I wrote a series of articles on finding and ordering Civil War records from the National Archives Records Administration. This information was most useful for Union soldiers, although the National Archives does have the surviving military service records for Confederate soldiers. However, the National Archives has no Confederate pension records in its files. To order these, one would have to contact the state from which the Confederate soldier served. This week will discuss which Confederate pension records exist for each state and how to locate them.

n Alabama — In 1867 pensions were first granted to soldiers who had lost limbs. In 1886 they were expanded to include widows. In 1891 pensions were approved for indigent veterans and their widows. Search the online index at www.archives.state.al.us/

civilwar/index.cfm. Contact the Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130-0100.

n Arkansas — In 1891 pensions were granted to indigent veterans. In 1915 widows and mothers were added to the pension rolls. There is a searchable online index at www.ark-ives.com/doc

umenting/confed_pensions.asp. Contact the Arkansas History Commission & State Archives, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.

n Florida — In 1881 the state began granting pensions to veterans and in 1889 to their widows. Check the database of pension applications at www.floridamemory.com/Collections/PensionFiles/. Contact the Florida State Archives, R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.

n Georgia — The state began granting pensions to veterans with artificial limbs in 1870. In 1879 other disabled veterans and widows were added. In 1894 old age and poverty were included as reasons to receive a pension. Search the pension applications at content.sos.state.

ga.us/cdm4/pension.php and the enlistment oaths and discharges at con

tent.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/con

fed.php. Contact the Georgia Department of Archives & History, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260.

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