Confederate veterans applied to the pension board of the state in which they resided at the time of application, even if this was not the state from which they served. All units are regiments unless otherwise designated. If a unit was known by more than one name or number, the official designation is used in the index. If an applicant's unit could no t be ascertained, it is listed as "undetermined." "Unassigned" denotes an applicant who was not in a field unit but was assigned a job necessary to the war effort (tailor, mechanic, carpenter, smith, etc). The original soldier application lists the veteran's place of enlistment, unit, period of service, battles participated in, and whether he was wounded or captured, as well as place of birth, number and gender of children, and value of personal and real property. The widow applications show place of birth for widow and soldier, and information about their children. Proof of marriage was required, so marriage licenses often appear in the supporting papers. Other items included are correspondence between the applicant and the Pension Board, letters or sworn affidavits attesting to character and military service, and abstracts of the soldier's service record furnished by the War Department.
Bibliography Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Soldiers & Widows; last updated August 26, 2005.