Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Using the “Unit Index to Civil War Pensions” at

Users without memberships at can browse the “unit index” to Union Civil War pensions enough to see if their person of interest received a pension. To see the actual card, fee-based access is needed. But the index will tell you if there is a pension for a specific person within a specific unit.

The actual pension, which is what most researchers probably want, are at the National Archives.

The screen shots show the procedure. fold3-1