Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Confederate Civil War Service Records Now Online

This article was updated on 12 September 2011.

Fold3 (formerly Footnote) has digitized Confederate Civil War service records for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia from National Archives (NARA) microfilm publications. The records they have scanned can be downloaded from their website for a fee. (Some of the individual state or territory databases may not yet be complete.)
You can search the documents by name or browse the documents by military unit (regiment). Note that Civil War service records for one soldier can sometimes have as many as 20 pages or more.

Civil War service records sometimes include information about a soldier's age, residence, occupation at the time of enlistment, and physical description, along with basic details such as enlistment (and reenlistment) dates, and regiment. Some will show facts about a soldier's imprisonment if he was captured, or hospitalization if he was injured or ill.

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1 comment:

henderson.suzie said...

Best I can tell in searching Footnote, the best thing to do is to put a plus sign before EACH word:

+carter +honey +grove

I get more useful results with a plus before EVERY word...even the first one. For some reason there are additional false positives without the first word being included. Hope this helps.

And, I agree, Footnote.com is a great asset to the genealogy community...as are YOUR contributions. Thanks.