Arkansas Confederate Pensions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Confederate Pensions
Collection years 1901-1929
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  • Search an online index for confederate pension files in Arkansas. This is an index to the pension files which may include the application, as well as other documents such as doctor’s certificates, etc. (index only, no images)


What Is in the Collection?

This database contains an index and images of pension applications filed by Confederate veterans and widows living in the state of Arkansas for the years 1901 to 1929. 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. Requests for pensions 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 1891 Arkansas began granting pensions to impoverished Confederate veterans and in 1915 the State began granting pensions to their widows and mothers. 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 Arkansas, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in applications submitted by the veteran may include some or all of the following information:

  • Soldier's Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Unit dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Brief description of service
  • Wounds received
  • Physician's statement
  • Place and length of residency in the state

If the application was submitted by the widow of the veteran it may also include the following:

  • Her full name
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of marriage to the veteran
  • Date and place of the veteran's death
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proof of indigence

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier or widow.
  • The place of birth of the soldier.
  • The dates of military service.
  • The military unit in which the soldier served.

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Auditor. History Commission, Little Rock.


Image Citation:

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