The records reproduced in M836 are generally nominal lists of casualties that were not published in the Official Records as a matter of policy, statistical lists from which abstracts were compiled and published, and narrative reports that were not published for such reasons as the relative unimportance of the reporting unit. The lists are generally arranged alphabetically by name of state and thereunder by name of battle or engagement.
Some of the reports are duplicates of those that have been published in the Official Records. The duplicate reports and lists of casualties that were abstracted and published bear notations indicating the series, volume number, and page number where they are printed or mentioned in the Official Records.
In addition to references to the Official Records, the reports usually bear the notation “carded” and a date. The notation indicates that the information relating to the military service of an individual soldier whose name is listed in the report has been abstracted and included in the compiled service records of each soldier. Many of these compiled service records are available on Fold3. View the list and access the records from the Confederate Records title page.
The lists and reports reproduced in this publication contain some errors: for example, the spelling on muster rolls and payrolls. This kind of error may have occurred when lists were prepared without access to the rolls or other reliable headquarters personnel records.
The name and dates used to identify the engagements are those assigned by the U.S. Forces and used in the Official Records. In those instances where an engagement is commonly known by more than one name, the designation assigned by the Union Forces appears first, followed by the Confederate designation in parentheses. Occasionally there is more than one report for a unit in an engagement or the list of casualties and the narrative report are separate.
Some of the reports seem to be copies of the originals and are marked “copy” of “copied” at varying locations on the documents; others are clearly copies because they are typed. On the documents are the National Archives identification mark and various filing notations of the U.S. War Department.