Georgia Confederate Pension Records Confederate soldiers index
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Georgia Confederate Pension Records Confederate soldiers index

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. State Division of Confederate Pensions and Records.
Title: Georgia Confederate Pension Records Confederate soldiers index
Dates: 1930-1980
Extent: 1.46 cubic feet (73 microfilm boxes)
Identification: MS 4005

Biographical/Historical Note

Although not established until 1939, the Georgia Confederate Pensions and Records Department's foundation dates back to shortly after the end of the Civil War. Article VII, Section 1, of the 1877 Georgia Constitution authorized the state to pay for artificial limbs for Confederate veterans. The Act of September 20, 1879 provided that such claimants could submit proof of eligibility to the governor who, on receipt of the claim, was authorized to draw a warrant on the state treasurer. Later acts and constitutional amendments expanded the list of disabilities for which Confederate veterans could claim state benefits, such as the loss of eyes and hearing (1886) and the disabilities of age and poverty (1894). The Act of December 23, 1890, allowed for pensions to be paid to widows who were married during the war to Confederate soldiers who died I service or afterwards from wounds or diseases contracted in service. The Act of December 20, 1899, extended this coverage to include widows who, by reason of poverty, age, infirmity, or blindness, were unable to provide a living for themselves. The Act of December 15, 1896, created the position of commissioner of pensions. Prior to this time, the comptroller general and the governor administered the claims. Between 1896 and 1939 the responsibility for administering the pensions changed hands many times. The Act of March 24, 1939, created the Confederate Pensions and Records Department within the state of Georgia. The Act of March 17, 1960, abolished this department and transferred its records to the Georgia state archives.

A typical soldier's pension application may include the name of his unit, date of enlistment and discharge, value of personal property, and the number of years that he lived continuously in Georgia, or, in some cases, his exact date of birth. In rare cases the applicant included his discharge and affidavits from members of his unit in order to prove his service.

A typical widow's pension application may include the husband's name, name of his unit, date of their marriage, husband's death date, and how she was supported. In some cases, the widow included a copy of the marriage certificate to prove her relationship to the soldier.

Pensioners had to complete an application form each year through 1907. The most significant information is normally found on the initial application. After 1907, the county Ordinary annually sent to the state pension office an updated list of county pensioners to show changes from the previous year.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of an alphabetical index of Confederate soldiers created by the Georgia Confederate Pensions and Records Department in order to enable staff to locate any information available concerning a Georgia Confederate soldier's service in the Civil War. The cards contain the name of the applicant, the husband's name if applicant was a widow, the soldier's unit number and name, and the county in which the application was filed.

In addition to cards for soldiers, the microfilm contains cards for the following headings: general staff and field officers; battles; men in Alabama units; troop artillery; Zollicroffer riflemen; militia; widows; deceased soldiers; men in Arkansas-Virginia regiments; navy and marines; and unit commanders.

This index was microfilmed by the Georgia Department of Archives and History in 1980.


Index Terms

Confederate States of America--History.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia. State Division of Confederate Pensions and Records.
Indexes (reference sources)
Microfilms.
Pensions (compensation)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans.

Location of Originals

Original index in the Georgia Department of Archives and History.


Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Confederate Pension Records Confederate soldiers index, MS 4005, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Published Descriptions

Virgil D. White, Index to Georgia Civil War Confederate pension files. Waynesboro, Tenn.: national Historical Pub., 1996.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

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1X-4005-01. A - Allen, J.W.
 

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2X-4005-02. Allen, Jack - Arnold, T.
 

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3X-4005-03. Arnold, W. - Baker, R.
 

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4X-4005-04. Baker, S. - Baten
 

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5X-4005-05. Bates - Bently
 

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6X-4005-06. Benton - Bogus
 

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7X-4005-07. Bohaman - Bragg, L.
 

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8X-4005-08. Bragg, Littleton - Brookshire, Thomas
 

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9X-4005-09. Brookshire, Tilman - Buffingham, J.
 

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10X-4005-10. Buffingham - Cain, I.
 

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11X-4005-11. Cain, J. - Carteo
 

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12X-4005-12. Carter - Chavous
 

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13X-4005-13. Chealy - Cobess
 

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14X-4005-14. Coble - Cook, C.
 

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15X-4005-15. Cook, D. - Crawford, G.
 

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16X-4005-16. Crawford, H. - Daniel, S.H.
 

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17X-4005-17. Daniel, Samuel - Deaton
 

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18X-4005-18. Davenport - Dooling
 

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19X-4005-19. Doolittle - Durgat
 

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20X-4005-20. Durham - Embry
 

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21X-4005-21. Emerick - Fiendley
 

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22X-4005-22. Fife - Fradin
 

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23X-4005-23. Frady - Garrison
 

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24X-4005-24. Garrity - Goings
 

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25X-4005-25. Goins - Greenway
 

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26X-4005-26. Greenwood - Hall, A.
 

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27X-4005-27. Hall, B. - Hargette
 

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28X-4005-28. Hargais - Hatten
 

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29X-4005-29. Hattie - Hensford
 

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30X-4005-30. Henslee - Hodges
 

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31X-4005-31. Hodgings - Howard, C.
 

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32X-4005-32. Howard, D. - Hutchinson, D.
 

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33X-4005-33. Hutchinson, R. - Johnigan
 

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34X-4005-34. Johns - Jones, Joel
 

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35X-4005-35. Jones, John - Kenneda
 

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36X-4005-36. Kennady - Knowlton
 

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37X-4005-37. Knox - Lecroy
 

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38X-4005-38. Ledbetter - Long, I.
 

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39X-4005-39. Long, J. - McClellan
 

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40X-4005-40. McLelland - McIntyre
 

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41X-4005-41. McInvaile - Mandeville
 

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42X-4005-42. Mandlen - Mawn
 

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43X-4005-43. Maxey - Mimms
 

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44X-4005-44. Mims - Morgan, H.
 

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45X-4005-45. Morgan, I. - Myrthy
 

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46X-4005-46. Nab - Nyles (Niles)
 

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47X-4005-47. Oak - Parish, H.C.
 

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48X-4005-48. Parish, H.I. - Penderland
 

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49X-4005-49. Penderland - Plumer
 

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50X-4005-50. Plumer - Pugh, T.
 

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51X-4005-51. Pugh - Reeves, Jonathan
 

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52X-4005-52. Reeves, Joseph - Robert, Jesse
 

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53X-4005-53. Roberts, Joel - Rushing
 

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54X-4005-54. Rushing - Searcy
 

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55X-4005-55. Seargent - Sikes, J.
 

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56X-4005-56. Sikes, M. - Smith, Henry
 

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57X-4005-57. Smith, Hershell - Sparks, M.
 

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58X-4005-58. Sparks, O. - Stewart, J.
 

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59X-4005-59. Stewart, K. - Swansey
 

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60X-4005-60. Swanson - Thomas, James
 

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61X-4005-61. Thomas, Jarrett - Torrence
 

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62X-4005-62. Torry - Vaughn, I.
 

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63X-4005-63. Vaughn, J. - Ward, D.
 

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64X-4005-64. Ward, E. - Weltionis
 

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65X-4005-65. Welton - Wilder, L.
 

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66X-4005-66. Wilder, M. - Wilson, D.
 

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67X-4005-67. Wilson, E. - Wozencraft
 

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68X-4005-68. Wrackley - Zweitsfels; General Staff and Field Officers, Abbitt - Cypert
 

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69X-4005-69. General Staff and Field Officer, Dabney - Thomas
 

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70X-4005-70. General Staff and Field Officers, Thomas - Zeigler; Battles; men in Alabama Units
 

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71X-4005-71. Troop Artillery; Zollicroffer Riflemen; Militia; Widows; Deceased Soldiers
 

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72X-4005-72. Men in Arkansas-Virginia Regiments; Navy/Marines, Abercrombie - Putnam
 

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73X-4005-73. Navy/Marines, Quarles - Youngblood; Unit Commanders, Abbot - Traders