Alabama Civil War Service Cards File

Currently all entries under the letters A - L are available.

This database is being created from an 8 x 5 card file maintained by the Alabama Department of Archives and History from the early 1900s until 1982. As staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service or who served in the militia or home guard is included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors' correspondence, veterans' censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers and pension records. Names, places and events are often inconsistently spelled. This card file is in no way inclusive. Every card has empty fields. Because much of the documentation relating to the Army of Tennessee was lost, soldiers that served in that army tend to be poorly documented. The cards are arranged alphabetically by last name; however, they are closed and microfilm is avaliable.

Alabama Civil War Service Database

The advantages of the database over the current card file are that it can be used through the internet at home and that it can be searched in a variety of ways. Because the card file is so large and the input of this material relies largely on volunteer help, the process of data entry is extremely time consuming. This database will become available in increments of a letter at a time as each letter is completed. Currently all entries under the letters A - L are available (Over 114,000 individual cards). When an entire letter is completed it will be added to the database. It is estimated that there are a total of 250,000 cards in the file. Names starting with any other letters can be searched on microfilm at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. Data entry is based on the Civil War Service Card File. Because of time constraints no attempt is made to validate the information on the cards, including spelling of names. All the information on each card has been entered into the database.

Other Alabama Civil War Links:

Willis Brewer's Brief Historical Sketches of Military Organizations Raised In Alabama During the Civil War
Confederate Military Unit Histories
Documenting The Civil War Period Flag Collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and History
Confederate Officers Photograph Album

A large number of Alabama men moved to Florida after the war and received pensions from the State of Florida. Check Florida Confederate Pension Applications.

Click here for information and addresses for other southern states' Confederate records

Updated: June 30, 2004
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435