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Casualty generally refers to any soldier lost to active military service due to death, injury, desertion, having been captured, or soldiers that are missing.
Confederate Casualty Reports
The "Confederate Casualty Reports" or "Confederate States Army Casualties: Lists and Narrative Reports, 1861-1865" (NARA M836) are comprised of unbound lists and narrative reports of casualties submitted to the Confederate War Department by units of the Confederate Army. Confederate Army regulations required that, after participating in action, each unit submit a return of the killed, wounded, and missing, together with narrative reports of the action. 
To learn more about the Confederate Casualty Reports see an explanation of the records at Fold3.
See the official NARA pamphlet explaining these records in detail at M836.pdf.
Where to Find the Records
- Confederate Casualty Reports (Fold3) ($)
- Locate these records at a library using Worldcat.
- ↑ United States. National Archives and Records Service. Pamphlet Describing M836: Confederate States Army Casualties: Lists and Narrative Reports 1861- 1865. Washington, D.C., National Archives And Record Service, 1971.