Civil War "Widows' Pensions" record example

Civil War "Widows' Pensions"

Records: 2,137,078 · Complete: 21%

The files are grouped under the soldier's name. The pensioner's name (typically the widow's) is searchable, often giving her maiden name as well. Children's names and other dependents' names are searchable as well. Case files include where and when a man served, details of his service, his life before the war, and his family, including information about his widow, children, and sometimes his parents. These files are unfilmed textual records.

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Source Information

"Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War Veterans, ca. 1861 - ca. 1910" database with images Fold3 ( accessed April 20, 2021)

Publication Title
Civil War "Widows' Pensions"
Total Records
2,137,078 · Complete: 21%
Content Source
The National Archives logoThe National Archives
Record Group
Published on Fold3
11 Oct 2008
Last Updated
03 Nov 2017
Approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans who served between 1861 and 1910.