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Ancestry.com. U.S., Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data:

Confederate States Army Casualties: Lists and Narrative Reports, 1861–1865. Microfilm publication M836, 7 rolls. ARC ID: 653994. Records of the Adjutant and Inspector General's Department. War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

About U.S., Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865

Estimates of Confederate casualties (killed, wounded, and missing) during the Civil War range from 335,000 to 450,000 and even higher. This database includes lists and narrative reports reporting casualties sustained by Confederate Army units during the war.

Records of casualties were submitted to the Confederate Office of the Adjutant and Inspector General so Confederate leadership could assess the strength of their forces. Records in this database are organized first by the state where an engagement took place and then by battle or engagement.

The format of the documents varies, but they will typically include the date and name of and engagement and names, ranks and organization, and types of casualties.

Other Details in the Records

In addition to the names of soldiers who were wounded, killed, or missing, narrative reports often include detailed accounts of an engagement, with references to troop movements, communications with Union troops, and the conduct of various regiments and individuals. With the narrative reports, you may need to page back to the beginning of the report to find the name and date of the engagement, and you’ll gain more insights into troop conditions and conduct by reading the entire report.

Most of these lists and reports were published in The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. These records will include the series, volume number, and page number where they are printed or mentioned.

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