Confederate Cemetery Records

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About 250,000 Confederate soldiers died in the war. Most died of disease, but others were killed during battle or died in prison camps or hospitals. Raymond W. Watkins copied Confederate burial records throughout the South, in prison camps, and in some Northern cemeteries. The following books may be helpful in locating death and burial information:

  • Deaths of Confederate Soldiers in Confederate Hospitals 14 Volumes. Watkins, Raymond W., compiler. (Worldcat) (FHL book 975 V2w.)
  • Confederate Burials 28 Volumes. Watkins, Raymond W., compiler. (Worldcat) (FHL book 975 V3w.)

Many of his unpublished manuscripts are on microfilm at the Family History Library and are listed under his name in the Author/Title section of the library catalog.

National Graves Registration Database[edit | edit source]

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, National Graves Registration Database can be searched by name, and the search can be narrowed by unit, state of service, cemetery name, town, county or state of burial. Information that may be given for a person includes birth and death dates, age, unit, rank, enlistment and discharge dates, and name and address of cemetery, The database primarily lists burials for Union soldiers, however, some Confederate soldiers are also listed.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator[edit | edit source]

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Nationwide Gravesite Locator has burial records of veterans and their family members from VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and other veterans cemeteries around the country. The records include Civil War veterans as well as veterans from other wars. This database contains records for both Union and Confederate Soldiers.

Applications for Headstones (1925-1941)[edit | edit source]

The record collection "Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941" (NARA M1916) contains over 290,000 applications for headstones for U.S. military veterans. Most of the applications are for U.S. military veterans who died during 1925–41, but there are also applications for veterans who died before 1925. Most of the veterans served in the Civil War or later, however, some served in earlier conflicts. In 1906 and 1929 the U.S. government passed laws allowing for headstones for deceased Confederate soldiers as well as Union soldiers. Those applications are included in this collection. Records generally contain the name of the veteran, enlistment and discharge dates, rank, company, regiment, name and location of cemetery, and date of death.[1]

Note: This collection contains both Confederate and Union records.

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Other Sources[edit | edit source]

Family History Library[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

* John P. Deeben. Documenting the Forgotten Dead: Confederate Death and Burial Records NGS Magazine 36 # 3 (July-September 2010): 42-48. FHL 973 D25ngs

  1. United States. National Archives and Records Service. Pamphlet Describing M1916: Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Washington, D.C., National Archives and Records Administration, 2005.