Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960
Applications, supporting documentation, and correspondence for indigent or maimed Confederate veterans or indigent widows of Confederate soldiers. These records are from Record Group 058-01-001, Confederate Pensions and Records, Pension Office, Pension Applications.
The State of Georgia first began giving pensions to Confederate soldiers who had lost a limb in 1877. The law was gradually broadened to include soldiers who were disabled due to their military service and to indigent soldiers. Indigent widows of Confederate soldiers who died in service or as a result of their service began receiving pensions in 1890. Pension funds also paid medical expenses for final illnesses and funeral expenses for indigent soldiers and widows.
What information can I find?
Pension files can include:
Correspondence regarding the pensioner
Transfer of assignments of pension funds
Pension applications generally give:
Length of Georgia residence
Place of residence at time of application
Military unit during the war
Date of enlistment and discharge
Any disabling wounds received
Veteran’s health at the time of application
Value of personal property.
Widows’ pension applications include:
Name of the husband
Name of the husband’s military unit
Date of their marriage
The widow’s means of support
Some widows’ applications include a copy of the couple’s marriage certificate.
Note about the digital collection and indexing
The paper records consist of a main series plus two supplements. This online collection currently consists of Pension Supplements 1 and 2. Both supplements were scanned before the main series.
Documents are indexed under the name of the person receiving the pension. The fullest form of the name found in all the documents for the pensioner is used to index all the documents under that pensioner’s name.
This collection was launched in November 2010.
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