Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 .
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|Texas, United States|
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M323. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas. 445 rolls.|
|Arrangement||By military unit then by name|
|National Archives Identifier||586957 438|
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Texas for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Muster rolls
- Appointment books
- Hospital registers
- Union prison registers and rolls
- Parole rolls
- Inspection reports
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 M323. Index courtesy of Fold3.com (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. The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
- A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
- A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports
- The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The index to these records contains the following:
- Jacket name
- Soldier’s name, rank, company and battalion
- Soldier's age
- Date and place mustered-in and by whom
- Length of military service to be served
- Type of records in file
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
How Do I Search the Collection?
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- Name of the person
- The age or date of the event
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
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What Do I Do Next?
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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
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Citing This Collection
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- Collection Citation
- "Texas, 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 Texas." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M323. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.
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