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This Collection will include records from 1898 to 1950.
This database contains images of Confederate pension applications. These records were created at the state level and therefore there are some variations in the qualifications for receiving aid and the amounts of aid between the states. Applications were sent to the state where the veteran or his dependents lived at the time of application, which was often not the state in which the veteran had enlisted or served.
In 1898 Louisiana began granting pensions to Confederate veterans or their widows. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Louisiana, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Pension applications were created to provide a way for veterans or their widows to obtain financial assistance after serving in the military.
The information in these records is generally reliable.
Citation for This Collection
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- Louisiana, confederate pension applications. Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.
Key genealogical information found in applications submitted by the veteran may include some or all of the following:
- Applicant's name
- Date application was filed
- Date and place of birth
- Current residence and length of residency
- Company, regiment and branch of service
- Dates and places of enlistment and discharge
- Nature of wounds received
- Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
- Names of witnesses
- War department service abstracts
If the application was submitted by the widow of the veteran it may also include the following:
- Wife's full name and age
- Number of children and their gender
- Date and place of marriage to the veteran
- Date and place of the veteran's death
How to Use the Record
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Beginning name" category
⇒ Select the "Ending name" category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Confederate Pension applications can be used to find information about soldiers who served in the Civil War and their families. In addition to providing information about the veteran and his family, pension applications can also lead to more military records.
The pieces of information in the record may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.
- Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
You may also find these search tips helpful:
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- When searching for an application keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who submitted the application.
- Applications were sent in to and processed by the state where the veteran or family member lived at the time, which was not always the state in which the soldier had served.
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- Louisiana State Archives
- Louisiana State Archives – Genealogy and History Section:Confederate Pension Applications Index Database - Index only, no images
- Civil War Pensions
- Pension records in other Confederate States
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"Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 2 May 2012), James S Fowler, filed February 21, 1899; Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950> Flower James S - Fuller, J N> Images 1 - 4; Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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