American military heritage in Tennessee began with the creation of the colonial militia beginning in the 17th century basically to fight against assaults from native inhabitants. The benefits and importance of Tennessee military records in genealogical research for ancestors who were veterans are apparent but Tennessee military records can also be essential to researchers whose primary ancestors weren’t soldiers in any war. A result of the quantity of genealogical information and facts included in quite a few Tennessee military pension files they ought to never be overlooked throughout the research process.
Many Tennessee soldier records are listed on the Internet. They span from the Civil War to the end of the Vietnam War, as well as some later war records.
In 1891 Tennessee began giving pensions to Confederate veterans. In 1905 they extended pensions to widows of veterans. Applications for pensions can be found at the TSLA, along with other Civil War military records. Other records that can be found there include: Indexes for Revolutionary War Pensioners, Muster Rolls for Soldiers of the War of 1812, Indian Wars of 1818 and 1836, Mexican War, Civil War, and Spanish- American War, Service Records for Tennessee Residents Who Served During the Mexican War and Civil War (Both Confederate and Union)
The state archives manuscript collection contains a lot of valuable military research material. For example, it is home to Register Number 10, which features an index of Union and Confederate soldier holdings.
The Tennessee Historical Committee’s Confederate and Union veterans’ questionnaires can also be a valuable source of information.
The state archives holds card indexes to the Lindsay, Military Annals of Tennessee (Confederate) and the Confederate Veteran Magazine. Hundreds of monographs can also be found there, along with Revolutionary War, Mexican War, and War of 1812 indexes. There are also many printed pension records and military service records published in various places statewide and nationally.
Tennessee in the Revolutionary War
Revolutionary War Website Links
- Research in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (uswars.net)
- Organized military Tennessee units in the Revolutionary War (uswars.net)
- Tennessee Soldiers in the Revolution (search.ancestry.com)
- Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution (search.ancestry.com)
- Tennessee Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864 These slips serve as an index to final and last payments to over 65,000 veterans of the Revolutionary War and some later wars.
- Tennessee Revolutionary War Books (amazon.com)
Tennessee in the War of 1812
War of 1812 Website Links
- Research in the War of 1812 1812-1815 (uswars.net)
- Tennessee War of 1812 Pension Files (fold3.com) The War of 1812 pension files resulted from a man’s service during the war, 1812-1815. They were granted to the veteran, his widow, or his heirs.
- Tennessee War of 1812 Books (amazon.com)
Tennessee in the Civil War
Although it seceded at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, eastern Tennessee remained loyal to the Union.
Civil War Website Links
- Research in the Civil War 1861-1865
- Civil War links from fold3.com with original data from the National Archives:
- Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee – Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Tennessee units, labeled with each soldier’s name, rank, and unit. Original data from the National Archives
- Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Tennessee.
- Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index from Tennessee
- Tennessee Confederate Amnesty Papers – Case Files of Applications from Tennessee of former Confederates for Presidential Pardons (“Amnesty Papers”), 1865-1867
- Tennessee Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”
- Barred and Disallowed Tennessee Claims – The Southern Claims Commission denied these claims by Tennessee citizens seeking compensation for property loss. They were barred or disallowed for a number of reasons. Original data from the National Archives
- Tennessee Civil War Maps – Maps, charts, and atlases depicting battles, troop positions and movements, engagements, and fortifications in Tennessee during the Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 (familysearch.org)
- Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 (familysearch.org)
- Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965 (familysearch.org)
- Civil War links from ancestry.com:
- Tennessee, Civil War Confederate Pension Applications Index
- Tennessee Civil War Regimental Histories
- Report of the Adjutant General of the state of Tennessee : of the military forces of the state, from 1861 to 1866.
- Hancock’s diary, or, A history of the Second Tennessee Confederate Cavalry : with sketches of First and Seventh battalions, al
- History of the Ram Fleet and the Mississippi Marine Brigade in the War for the Union on the Mississippi and its tributaries : t
- History of the First Regiment of Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry in the Great War of the Rebellion : with the armies of the Ohio an
- Record of Commissions of Officers in the Tennessee Militia
- List of staff officers of the Confederate States Army
- Twenty-four Hundred Tennessee Pensioners
- Tennessee Civil War Books (amazon.com)