South Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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South Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M267. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina. 392 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||438586957|
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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 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from South Carolina for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Name and age of soldier
- Year(s) of service
- Rank and military unit in which served
- Physical description
- Town, county and state of residence
- Prison registers
- Parole rolls
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog. They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description. Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of soldier
- Soldier's rank, company and regiment in which served
- Date and place of enlistment
- Time period of enlistment
- Reason for detachment
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
- Sometimes, an estimated year of birth
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M267. Index courtesy of Fold3 (previously Footnote.com).
Service records were kept for each Confederate soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The approximate age or birth date of the soldier
- The place where the soldier enlisted
- The years the soldier served
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
- Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church and land records
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- Search the records of nearby military units
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Carolina.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- South Carolina Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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