I am researching MS Confederate graves and documenting the service records of these soldiers in both Word documents and online via find-a-grave.
I am using MS CS pension applications as one of several ways of documenting just where MS CS veterans lived late in their lives.
I would like to create a document that lists all of the 1700+ Black Confederate pension applicants and any surviving burial information, though burial information for these Black pension applicants is rare.
The problem is that these Black MS CS pensioners are not always listed as "servant" in the only index to MS CS Pensions -- a wonderful, 3-volume work by Betty Wiltshire.
Often, these men are listed in the index by the military unit that their masters served in.
Prof. James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., wrote a couple of articles about Black MS CS pension applicants, but he is now deceased, as is his wife, so I have no hope of contacting him/her about any list of said pensioners he might have drawn up.
It would take me literally years to look at each of the appr. 38,000 pension applications online at the MS Dept. of Archives & History and determine just which pensions are for Black MS CS personnel.
I know that the MS Division SCV published (in an annual MS Division SCV Yearbook that I have since lost!) the names of some 300 Black MS CS pension recipients, but that list does not include the full 1700+ applicants.
Does anyone know of any listing or person(s) who might have a partial or full listing of Black MS CS pension applicants?
Thank you for your time! -- Jim Huffman, Adjutant, Gainesville Vols, SCV Camp 373, Pearl River County, MS