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Military Pension Index Cards, 1861-1900

Microfilm reel Nos MF 4628 – MF 4635




Card index to pension applications of veterans who served in Kansas regiments of the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. Each card gives the soldier's name, rank, unit, & terms of service; names of relationships of any dependents; application & certificate numbers; and the State from which the claim was filed. A few Iowa and Kentucky regiments are also included. Forms part of: records of the U.S. Veterans Administration (MS. collection no. 2015). Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Administration, [2000]. Microfilm of originals in: National Archives (Washington, D.C.); records of the Veterans Administration (record group 15); records relating to pension and bounty?land claims, 1773?1942 (subgroup 7); pension application files based upon service in the Civil War and Spanish?American War (series 3). Series: no. MC 2015.07 (3); Arranged alphabetically by State, within State by unit and then by individual. “V.A. job no. C.O. 2.”




8 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.


Veterans Administration, Contact and Administrative Services, Index Division.


Pension index file : service organization : 1861 – 1900

Alternate Title

Organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 and 1900. [1949?]


Microfilm MF 4628 – 4835; lab no. 51063 – 51070. MS. collection no. 2015 (MC 2015). National Archives microfilm publication ; T289.


Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka)

Agency History

The Veterans Administration was established as an independent federal agency by Executive Order 5398, 21 July 1930, in accordance with an act of 3 July 1930 (46 Stat. 1016), which authorized the merger of the Bureau of Pensions, the U.S. Veterans Bureau, the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, and functions of the Office of the Surgeon General concerned with providing artificial limbs and other appliances to veterans.

Predecessor organizations that provided military pensions and related services included the Military Bounty Lands and Pension Branch (ca. 1810 – 15), Pension Bureau (1815 – 33), & Office of Commissioner of Pensions (1833 – 49) in the War Department; the Bureau of Pensions, Department of the Interior (1849 – 1930); the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, Treasury Department (1914 – 21); the Rehabilitation Division, Federal Board for Vocational Education (1918 – 21); the Veterans Bureau (1921); and the U.S. Veterans Bureau (1921 – 30). Homes for disabled soldiers were formerly a function of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers of the United States (1866 – 73) and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (1873 – 1930). The Office of the Surgeon General in the War Department supplied artificial limbs and other devices to veterans (1862 – 1930).

At the time these records were created, bounty?land grants and military pensions were administered by the Bureau of Pensions within the U.S. Department of the Interior by an act of 3 March 1849 (9 Stat. 395).

The Veterans Administration administered laws relating to benefits and relief for veterans and for spouses and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans.
The agency was abolished 15 March 1989 and replaced by the cabinet - level Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (102 Stat. 2635), 25 October 1988.

The successor agency is the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Scope and Content Note

The index cards reproduced on this microfilm publication refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish?American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars.

The information provided here is virtually the same as that in the General Index to Pension Files, 1861 – 1934, National Archives microfilm publication T288. Unlike the alphabetical General Index, however, this index groups the applicants according to the units in which they served.
Each card gives the soldier's name, rank, unit, and terms of service; names of relationships of any dependents; the application number; the certificate number; and the State from which the claim was filed.

The Kansas State Historical Society owns only those rolls containing information on Kansas military units. A few units in Iowa appear on the first roll; similarly, a few Kentucky regiments are on the last roll.

Contents List

Organization of the records

The cards for most States are arranged alphabetically by State, thereunder by arm of service (infantry, cavalry, artillery), thereunder numerically by regiment, and thereunder alphabetically by veteran's surname. In Kansas, however, because some units were not clearly infantry or cavalry, the cards for cavalry and infantry regiments are organized numerically by regiment, disregarding the arm of service. Artillery regiments are at the end.

Microfilm List

MF - 4628

IOWA, Artillery, 3d Regiment, Independent Battery – KANSAS, 3d Infantry, Co. K. (National Archives roll 150)

MF - 4629

KANSAS: 3d Infantry & Cavalry, Co. L – 7th Cavalry, Co. B. (National Archives roll 151)

MF - 4630

KANSAS: 7th Cavalry, Co. C – 10th Infantry, Co. A. (National Archives roll 152)

MF - 4631

KANSAS: 10th Infantry, Co. B – 13th Infantry, Co. A. (National Archives roll 153)

MF - 4632

KANSAS: 13th Infantry, Co. B – 16th Cavalry, Co. I. (National Archives roll 154)

MF - 4633

KANSAS: 16th Cavalry, Co. K – 21st Infantry, Co. I (Spanish - American War). (National Archives roll 155)

MF - 4634

KANSAS: 21st Infantry, Co. K (Spanish - American War) – Artillery, 2d Regiment, Independent Battery, Longacre. (National Archives roll 156)

MF - 4635

KANSAS Artillery, 2d Regiment, Independent Battery, McKinzey – KENTUCKY, Infantry, 3d Regiment, Co. E. (National Archives roll 157)

Related Records and Collections

The Kansas State Historical Society has extensive information on the Civil War and veterans’ service in the Civil War & other conflicts. Consult catalogs and other finding aids for descriptions of related material.

Index Terms

Access Points

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Corporate Names

United States. Veteran's Administration. Contact and Administrative Services. Index Division.
United States. Pension Bureau. United States. National Archives and Records Administration.

Geographic Names

Kansas - Genealogy
Kansas - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Registers
United States - Genealogy
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Registers


Military Pensions - Kansas - Registers
Military Pensions - United States - Registers
Soldiers - Kansas - Genealogy
Soldiers - United States - Genealogy

Additional Information for Researchers


Scholarly Resources/National Archives, 2000.

Aquisition Information

Purchased with funds provided by a grant from the Interlibrary Loan Development Program, Kansas Library Network Board

Restrictions on Access


Preferred Citation

Organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 and 1900 (National Archives microfilm T289), Kansas State Historical Society microfilm MF4628 – 4635


Accruals in the form of acquiring the microfilm for States other than Kansas are possible but not anticipated

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Robert L. Knecht, October 2000. Some of the descriptive text was provided by the National Archives (U.S.) (Washington, D.C.).