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Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929
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Arkansas, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Confederate Pensions
Collection years 1901-1929
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Arkansas State Auditor, Arkansas History Commision


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This database contains an index and images to pension applications filed by Confederate veterans and widows living in the state of Arkansas for the years 1901 to 1929. These records were created at the state level and therefore there are some variations in the qualifications for receiving aid and the amounts of aid between the states. Requests for pensions were sent to the state where the veteran or his dependents lived at the time of application, which was often not the state in which the veteran had enlisted or served.

In 1891 Arkansas began granting pensions to impoverished Confederate veterans and in 1915 the State began granting pensions to their widows and mothers. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Arkansas, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Pension applications were created to provide a way for veterans or their widows to obtain financial assistance after serving in the military. The information in these records is generally reliable.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Information found in applications submitted by the veteran may include:

  • Soldier's Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Unit dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Brief description of service
  • Wounds received
  • Physician's statement
  • Place and length of residency in the state

If the application was submitted by the widow of the veteran it may also include the following:

  • Her full name
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of marriage to the veteran
  • Date and place of the veteran's death
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proof of indigence

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier or widow
  • The place of birth of the soldier
  • The dates of military service
  • The military unit in which the soldier served

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock.

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