Presented in questionnaire form, a soldier’s application lists the Veteran’s place of enlistment, unit, period of service, battles participated in, and whether he was wounded or captured. Pension applications also included information on place of birth, number of children, and value of personal and real property owned by Veteran.
If the pension application was filed by a widow, you can learn even more information. Their applications list place of birth for both widow and husband as well as the names and ages of any children. Since proof of marriage was required for admission to the pension rolls, a copy of the marriage certificate is often found in widow applications. You may also find correspondence between the applicant and the Pension Board, letters or sworn affidavits attesting to a Veteran’s character and the nature of his military service, and abstracts of the Veteran’s service record furnished by the Federal War Department.
It is important to note that while all of the individuals listed were residents of Tennessee when they applied for pensions, they did not necessarily serve the Confederacy in Tennessee.