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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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- "United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging to Confederate Compiled Service Records." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2010.
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- 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
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"United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865: database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 September 2011). Eli Harmon; citing Civil War Records, NARA publicaton M347, NARA roll 169; War Department Collection of Confederate Records, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
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