A Guide to the Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1922 Confederate Pension Reports 43951

A Guide to the Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1922

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 43951


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Processed by: Craig S. Moore

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
43951
Title
Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1922
Extent
1.23 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Creator
Dept. of Accounts
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Virginia. Dept. of Accounts. Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1922 (bulk 1888-1908, 1922). Accession 43951

Acquisition Information

These materials came in several accessions and were combined into one body of records under Acc. 43951. Each report of the commissioner of the revenue was accessioned individually. These reports were accessioned between 1922 & 1923.


Historical Information

After the end of Reconstruction the General Assembly began to financially assist Virginia Confederate Civil War veterans and their families. An act passed on 5 March 1888 provided pensions for soldiers disabled during the war and for widows of soldiers killed in the war. On 7 March 1900 pension benefits were extended to widows whose husbands had died during or after the war from wounds. An act passed on 2 April 1902 included widows whose husbands had died from diseases contracted during the war. The auditor of public accounts maintained registers of pensioners and kept accounts of pension payments. An act passed by the General Assembly on 20 March 1920 required commissioners of the revenue in each locality to report to the auditor of public accounts the names and addresses of Confederate army and navy veterans living in their districts. On 1 March 1928 the Office of the Comptroller in the Department of Accounts assumed the functions of the auditor with regard to pensions.

Scope and Content

The Confederate Pension Reports consist of four boxes and are organized into two series. Series have been designated for Confederate Pension Reports of 1888-1908 and Confederate Pension Reports of 1922. These records document pensions issued to Confederate War veterans and their widows between 1888 and 1922. Note that this information duplicates some of the information contained on the Confederate Pension Rolls (See Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows database at the Library of Virginia website). Also note that these reports do not contain information related to the amount of the pension.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I: Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1908 Series II: Confederate Pension Reports, 1922

Contents List

Series I: Confederate Pension Reports, 1888-1908.
Boxes: 1-2
Extent: .68 cubic feet (2 boxes).

The Confederate Pension Reports of 1888-1908 are housed in two archival boxes and are arranged alphabetically by locality, then in order by the act of the General Assembly (e.g. Act of 1888, 1900, & 1902-1908). These reports provide the name of the soldier, company, regiment, service (infantry, artillery, cavalry, etc.), and remarks (e.g. died, wounded, disabled, killed, widow, etc.). The reports often include the date of death, cause of death, length of service, and battle where veteran was wounded or killed. It is unclear who prepared these reports, but they were probably created by the Dept. of Confederate Military Veterans between 1904 & 1918 from information gleaned from the Confederate Pension Rolls.

Arranged alphabetical by county, then chronological by year of act of the General Assembly (eg. 1888, 1900, 1902-1908).

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Accomack-Buena Vista
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Campbell-Cumberland
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Danville-Fluvanna
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Giles-James City
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    King & Queen-Montgomery
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Nansemond-Pittsylvania
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Portsmouth-Roanoke
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Rockbridge-Tazewell
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Warren-York
Series II: Confederate Pension Reports, 1922.
Box: 3
Extent: .55 cubic feet (1 box).

The Confederate Pension Reports of 1922 are housed in two oversized archival boxes and are arranged alphabetically by locality. The reports were submitted by commissioners of the revenue from various localities to the auditor of public accounts of all living Confederate veterans, their wives, or widows in compliance with the Act of the General Assembly approved on 15 March 1922. The reports include the following information: name of veteran, age, date of marriage, address, value of real estate, value of personal property, annual income, organization of service, rank of service, & period of service.

Arranged alphabetical by county.

  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Accomack-Buena Vista
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Campbell-Cumberland
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Danville-Henrico
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Lee-Nottoway
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Orange-Rockingham
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    Scott-York