Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M320. Compiled Service Records of COnfederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. 414 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 586957
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana for the years 1861 to 1865.

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M320. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index to these records contains the following:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Residence in city, county and state
  • Year(s) of service
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit in which soldier served
  • Officers' names
  • Type of records in file
  • Links to additional records
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • Appointment books
  • Hospital registers
  • Union prison registers and rolls
  • Parole rolls
  • Inspection reports

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:

  • Name of the person
  • Their age as a soldier

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Collection Citation

"Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M321. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.

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