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For those ancestors who are found in these records, details typically include the soldier’s name, offense, penalty or sentence, his regiment, and the date of the offense. The Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867 can include multiple pages of correspondence and affidavits, which may contain references to other family members.

The records in this category include disciplinary actions for both major and minor offenses, ranging from smoking in barracks to gambling to desertion.

Often, the disciplinary mentions are mixed in with other records, as is the case with muster rolls and the U.S. Military and Naval Academy Registers. Also included are Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867.

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