South Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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South Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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South Carolina, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 109: War Department of Confederate Records
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M267. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina. 392 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 438586957
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from South Carolina for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Name and age of soldier
  • Year(s) of service
  • Rank and military unit in which served
  • Physical description
  • Occupation
  • Town, county and state of residence
  • Prison registers
  • Parole rolls

To Browse This Collection

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Service

  • Name of soldier
  • Soldier's rank, company and regiment in which served
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Time period of enlistment
  • Reason for detachment
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  • Sometimes, an estimated year of birth

Collection Content

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M267. Index courtesy of Fold3 (previously Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each Confederate soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age or birth date of the soldier
  • The place where the soldier enlisted
  • The years the soldier served

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church and land records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the records of nearby military units
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned

Record Finder

Consult the South Carolina Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"South Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M267. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1959.
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