Confederate Service Records

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Confederate soldiers may have served from a military unit raised by the Confederate Government or by an individual Confederate state. Most Confederate soldiers served with a Unit raised in the community where they lived.

Compiled Service Records

The Compiled Service Records for Confederate soldiers were made by the United States Record and Pension Office in the War department, beginning in 1903. The Record and Pension Office made card abstracts from records in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records and from other borrowed documents. In addition to the cards, original documents that related only to the individual soldier were included.

The card abstracts were made from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports. Service records may provide rank, unit, date of enlistment, length of service, age, place of birth, and date of death. The Compiled Service Records were made in an effort to obtain as nearly complete record of military service as possible at the time.

See card examples and descriptions on

The Compiled Service Records ($) ( of Confederate soldiers are available online. In the future, these records will be made available at no charge through the National Archives web site. The service records are also available to access at no charge at National Archives research rooms and any library that provides free access to

Compiled Service Records of Individual States

The following three collections are not needed if searching the collection Compiled Service Records available on They are include in that database. If you are using the records of the individual states, however, the following three collections should also be searched as they were not included in the compiled service records of the individual states.


FHL Index



FHL MicroFilm



Alabama Index M311 pdf 0880330‑837 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Arizona Territory Index M318 pdf 0536241 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Arkansas Index M317 pdf 0880849–1104 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Florida Index M251 pdf 0880103–206 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Georgia Index M266 pdf 1499064–670 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Kentucky Index M319 pdf 1447468–603 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Louisiana Index M320 pdf 1447604–975, 1473206–47 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Maryland Index M321 pdf 1292663–84 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Mississippi Index M269 pdf 1488026–452 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Missouri Index M322 pdf 1500030–222 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
North Carolina Index M270 pdf 1381001–500, 1447001–80 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
South Carolina Index M267 pdf 1380691–95, 1447081–467 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Tennessee Index M268 pdf 1499671–854, 1499856–1500028, 1527065 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Texas Index M323 pdf 1501077–52 Worldcat Fold3 ($)
Virginia Index M324 pdf 1488678–9752 Worldcat Fold3 ($)


Biographical Sketches

For biographical sketches and other information about officers in addition to the service records, see the following:


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Government Records

  • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Vol. 1, Series II (Google Books) has published muster rolls and statistical data on ships. The muster rolls list name, grade, and ship.
  • Confederate Naval and Marine Personnel Records (FamilySearch) (NARA M260) has information about sailors and Marines abstracted from original documents, such as hospital, prison, and parole records.

Other Resources

  • The Confederate States Navy Research Guide (Worldcat) contains biographical sketches of Naval and Marine officers, naval histories of Confederate naval vessels, and a subject bibliography of sources.
  • Service Records of Confederate Enlisted Marines (Worldcat) lists name, company, enlistment date, and place along with brief service histories.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:


  1. Some of the Worlcat links may show both book and microfilm formats held. The book refers to the pamphlet that describes the microfilmed records and the microfilm format refers to the actual service records. Check with the library to be sure they have the actual records.