Although they tend to be quite a bit smaller than those of Union soldiers and sailors, Confederate pension files are often treasure troves of genealogical information. In many cases, you can learn a great deal of information about the veteran’s military experiences in addition to details of his postwar life. Pension files frequently contain references to widows and children.
Confederate State Pension Links
The agencies listed below are repositories for Confederate pensions. The veteran was eligible to apply for a pension to the State in which he lived, even if he served in a unit from a different State. Generally, an applicant was eligible for a pension only if he was indigent or disabled.
For information on procedures and fees for requesting copies of Confederate pension records, click on the appropriate link.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
Alabama began granting pensions in 1867 to Confederate veterans who had lost arms or legs. In 1886 they began granting pensions to veterans' widows. The law was amended to include indigent veterans or their widows in 1891.
Online database of Alabama men who served in the CSA
Arkansas History Commission
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Arkansas began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans in 1891. They expanded the rules to include widows and mothers in 1915. Published indexes are available in many libraries.
Index to Arkansas Confederate Home Records
Arkansas Confederate Pension Records
Florida State Archives
R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Florida began granting pensions to Confederate veterans in 1885. The State began granting pensions to their widows in 1889. A published index is available in many libraries.
Online Index Florida CSA Pension Application Files
Georgia Department of Archives and History
Ben W. Fortson Jr. Archives and Records Bldg.
330 Capitol Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30334
Georgia began granting Confederate pensions to soldiers with artificial limbs in 1870. They began granting pensions to other disabled Confederate veterans or their widows in 1889. By 1894 eligibility was expanded to include old age and poverty. A published index is available in many libraries.
Online index to Georgia CSA Pension Applications
Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Kentucky began granting pensions to Confederate veterans or their widows in 1912. The records have been microfilmed. Published indexes are available in many libraries.
Researching your Civil War Kentucky Ancestors
Louisiana State Archives
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-2137
Louisiana began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans or their widows in 1898.
Louisiana CSA Pension Applications Index
Mississippi Department of Archives & History
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205
In 1888 Mississippi began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans or their widows in 1888. A published index is available in many libraries.
Missouri State Archives
600 W. Main
P.O. Box 1747
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Missouri began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans in 1911, but none were granted to widows. Missouri also had a home for disabled Confederate veterans. The pension and home applications are interfiled and arranged alphabetically.
North Carolina State Archives
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614
North Carolina began granting pensions in 1867 to Confederate veterans who were blinded or lost an arm or leg. In 1885 they began granting pensions to all other disabled indigent Confederate veterans or widows.
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Archives & Records Management Divisions
200 Northeast 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 1-800-522-8116 ext. 209
Oklahoma began granting pensions in 1915 to Confederate veterans or their widows. The web site includes a link for a downloadable index to Oklahoma pension records. A published index is available in many libraries.
South Carolina Dept. of Archives & History
8301 Parkland Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Needy Confederate veterans and widows were permitted to apply for pensions in 1888. Few of the early applications survive, but in 1899 the South Carolina Comptroller began publishing lists of veterans receiving pensions in his Annual Report. From 1919 to 1925, South Carolina granted pensions to Confederate veterans and widows regardless of financial need.
Index to South Carolina CSA Pension Applications
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Public Service Division
403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
Tennessee began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans in 1891. They began granting pensions to their widows in 1905. The records have been microfilmed. A published index is available in many libraries.
Index to Tennessee CSA Pension Applications
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
Texas set aside 1,280 acres for disabled Confederate veterans in 1881. In 1889 they began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans and their widows. Muster rolls of State militia are also available.
Index to Texas Pension Applications
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia began granting pensions to Confederate veterans or their widows in 1888. The records have been microfilmed.
Virginia CSA Pension Rolls Database
Civil War Research Database at Ancestry
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