A South Carolina state law enacted December 24, 1887, permitted financially needy Confederate veterans and widows
to apply for a pension; however, few applications survive from the 1888-1918 era. Beginning in 1889,
the SC Comptroller began publishing lists of such veterans receiving pensions in his Annual Report.
To obtain a copy of the pension application from the 1888-1918 era, the researcher needs to know the
exact year in which the veteran or widow applied for a pension. From 1919 to 1925, South Carolina
granted pensions to Confederate veterans and widows regardless of financial need. These files are
arranged alphabetically. Pension application files are typically one sheet of paper with writing on
both sides. Also available are Confederate Home applications and inmate records for veterans (1909-1957),
and applications of wives, widows, sisters, and daughters (1925-1955).
The veteran was eligible to apply for a pension to the State in which he lived, even if he served
in a unit from a different State.
For information on procedures and fees for requesting copies of records, contact:
South Carolina Department of Archives and History