Colored Confederate Pension Applications
This collection of pension applications represents a remarkable and unique source of genealogical information. As a requirement of eligibility, applicants had to prove they had served until the end of the War. In completing the form the applicant was required to give the state, county, and year of his birth, and the date on which he entered the service. The application also required also required his former ownerâ€™s name, regiment, and commanding officer. It is also not unusual to find letters of testimony written by the former owner or one of his family members as proof of the applicantâ€™s service. This index contains the following information: (1) applicantâ€™s surname, (2) applicantâ€™s first name, (3) county of residence at the time that he applied, (4) unit in which he served, and (5) pension application number.
Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Colored Confederate Pension Applications.