From: Palmer, Mark [mailto:Mark.Palmer@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:44 AM
To: Amos J Wright
Subject: More names added to Civil War Soldiers database
Alabama Civil War Service Cards File
Currently all entries under the letters A - R 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 available.
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 - R are available (Over
168,000 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, or can be ordered using the Research Request form. 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.
Mark A. Palmer
ADAH Web Project
Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery AL 36130
334-353-4636 ext 264