The Civil War Conservation Corps (CWCC) began in February, 1994. It is a volunteer corps having 35 volunteers who donate at least one day a week to the National Archives and Records Administration. The group is divided into 3 teams, each one assigned a certain day. The teams presently are arranging the Civil War widows’ pension files, which are then digitized. At the same time, the volunteers supply information for a searchable data base containing the names of the deceased soldier, his dependent (a wife, mother or orphan), his unit and regiment and the cause of death if known. The data base also includes the soldier’s children’s names.
The CWCC previously arranged the compiled military service records of the United States Colored Troops and the field records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands-commonly known as the Freedmen’s Bureau.