From the Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives comes word that the complete collection of Confederate Pension Application files is now available in a digital format on the Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives website, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The applications are searchable by name, unit and county, and provide invaluable information to genealogists, local historians, and anyone interested in Civil War history. The files are available at the Confederate Pension Search Page.
The Confederate Pension Act was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in March 1912 to provide aid to indigent and disabled Confederate veterans and their widows. Any Confederate veteran or widow of a veteran living in Kentucky in 1912 or after could apply for a pension, regardless of the state in which he resided or the unit in which he served during the war. Pensions for Union veterans were funded by the federal government, and many southern states funded state pensions for Confederate veterans.
These records were digitized with funding provided by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
What a wonderful resource to have available online!