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Record Group Number: 001026
Series/Collection Number: .S 1674
Creator: South Carolina. Comptroller General's Office.
Title, Dates: South Carolina Confederate pension application files, 1919-1925.
Amount: 38.00 microfilm reel & 16 mm. 35 mm.
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by county, then alphabetical by veteran's lastname.
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Biographical/Historical:     The South Carolina General Assembly first authorized pensions for Confederate veterans or their widows on December 23, 1887. However, few pension applications are extant for the period before 1919.  A law passed in 1919 (Act 176) revamped the pension system and broadened the eligibility requirements for veterans and their widows.
    The law established a state Confederate Pension Department under the direction of a commissioner and a seven-member board.  The state board appointed a three-member board for each county to approve applications from local residents.  Eligible pensioners included all veterans, and all widows over the age of 60 who had married veterans prior to 1890.  The following year (1920, Act 609), a law eliminated the state board and named the comptroller general as pension commissioner.  A 1923 statute (Act 63) allowed African American residents who served the Confederate cause at least six months as cooks, servants, or attendants to apply for a pension. In 1924, an amendment restricted applicants to South Carolina residents who had served the state for six months as body servants or male camp cooks.
Summary:     This series consists of microfilm of approximately 12,000 South Carolina Confederate pension applications filed with the comptroller general between 1919 and 1925.  It covers all counties except for Williamsburg.  The veteran's application gives his unit, dates of service, health condition, and date of birth.  The widow's application gives the husband's name, his unit and dates of service, the date of marriage, date of husband's death, and the widow's age. Also included are a few pension rolls from the county boards and correspondence from the comptroller general.  The last four rolls of the series are an index.  The first three rolls are an alphabetical index that is crossed referenced by veterans/widows last name, the county, and some CSA units that were known by commander's last name, e.g. Hampton's Legion.  The fourth is a listing of the names in the index and the number of times that they appear in the records.
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Reproduction Note: Microfilm.
Location of Originals/Duplicates: Originals held by South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
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Subject Access Fields: Confederate States of America.
Military pensions.
Confederate pensions.
South Carolina History Civil War, 1861-1865
Added Entries South Carolina. Confederate Pension Dept.