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Confederate Pensions and Records - Pension Office - Pension Applications and Supporting Documents

Identifier: 058-01-001

Scope and Contents

The State of Georgia first began giving pensions to maimed Confederate soldiers in 1877. The law was gradually broadened to include injured and indigent soldiers. Widows of Confederate soldiers who died in service or as a result of that service and who were indigent began receiving pensions in 1890.

Pensions were administered by the comptroller general and the governor until 1896, when the office of commissioner of pensions was created. Responsibility for administering pensions changed frequently until the State Division of Confederate Pensions was created in 1939. The division was abolished in 1961 and its functions transferred to the Veterans Service Office.

Pension applications generally give the soldier’s unit, date of enlistment and discharge, any disabling wounds received, length of Georgia residence and place of residence at the time of his application, his health at the time of application, and the value of personal property.

Widows’ pension applications include the husband’s name, name of his unit, date of their marriage, husband’s death date, and her means of support. Some applications include a copy of their marriage certificate.


  • Created: 1879-1960


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440.00 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement Note

Applications are filed by county of application and then alphabetically by name of pensioner. There are two supplements. These consist of applications/supporting documents which were incorrectly filed or found after the files had been microfilmed. Arrangement is by county and then alphabetically by surname.

Pension applications (and supplements) have been scanned and indexed and are available through Georgia's Virtual Vault

Confederate Pensions and Records - Pension Office - Pension Applications and Supporting Documents
Georgia Archives
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Part of the Georgia Archives Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States