United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Military Service Records and Personal Papers|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M347. Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records.. 442 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||2133276|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of unfiled papers and slips of Confederate service records of soldiers that were not interfiled in the compiled service records. The card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. The collection is alphabetically arranged by surname. This collection is a part of RG 109 War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archives Microfilm Publication M347. The index courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com).
These records date from the beginning to the end of the Civil War 1861-1865
When the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, many Confederate records were sent away, destroyed, or left behind. Some of the records found their way into the hands of the Union Army and were forwarded to the War Department. In July 1865, the Adjutant General established a bureau for the “collection, safekeeping, and publication of Rebel Archives.” In 1903 the Secretary of War persuaded the Governors of most Southern States to lend Confederate military personnel records to the War Department for copying.
This record was created because the War Department wanted to keep records of who served during the Civil War and who/how many soldiers have died during that time. These records are generally reliable
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Full name of Confederate Soldier
- Where the soldier was born
- Date of Death
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Place of Death
- The certificate number
- When the record was reported and when it was returned
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- The name of your ancestor
- The age and birth place of your ancestor
- The military unit in which your ancestor served
- The state and county where your ancestor lived
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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