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Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950
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Louisiana, 
United States
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Location of Louisiana
Record Description
Record Type Pension Applications
Collection years 1898-1950
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Louisiana State Archives


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

This database contains images of Confederate pension applications for the years 1898 to 1950. 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. Applications 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 1898 Louisiana began granting pensions to Confederate veterans or their widows. 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 Louisiana, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, 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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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Submitted by the veteran

  • Applicant's name
  • Date application was filed
  • Date and place of birth
  • Current residence and length of residency
  • Company, regiment and branch of service
  • Dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Nature of wounds received
  • Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
  • Names of witnesses
  • War department service abstracts

Submitted by the widow of the veteran

  • Wife's full name and age
  • Number of children and their gender
  • Date and place of marriage to the veteran
  • Date and place of the veteran's death

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

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  • The name of the person
  • The birth date of the soldier
  • The place where the soldier lived

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  • When searching for an application keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who submitted the application
  • Applications were sent in to and processed by the state where the veteran or family member lived at the time, which was not always the state in which the soldier had served

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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