WHAT EACH UNIT ROSTER CONTAINS
First, what each Unit Roster does not contain: Only individuals with surnames from The List of family names mentioned in the Introduction will be found in the Unit Rosters of this website at present. Only the significantly Cajun units from the list of Units contain rosters of individuals.
Each individual record within the Unit Rosters may include:
(1) the most complete full name found in the records, using the standard spelling for this individual's surname as determined by the author and what the author concludes is the most complete and accurate given name for this individual;
(2) service ranks in the order attained or lost;
(3) pre-war personal information such as
nickname or name used instead of first name,
date and place of birth,
date and place of baptism,
parents’ names, including birth & death dates, & residence,
physical descriptions such as complexion, hair color, eye color, height,
education, including place & dates of attendance if known,
age at time of marriage, wife’s name, her birth & death dates, wife's parents, date & place of marriage, number of children, including gender,
English or non-English speaker,
real and/or personal property value in 1860,
number of slaves owned, if any, in 1860;
(4) enlistment information, including
marital status (unless pre-war marriage was already listed),
date & place of enlistment,
age at time of enlistment,
rank at enlistment (assumed to have enlisted as Pvt. if no rank is given; Jr2LT & 3LT are the same rank);
(5) chronological information of war service such as
presence or absence, with or without leave, on company or regimental rolls (assumed to be company rolls unless otherwise stated),
transfers to other units,
wounds, including dates & places of wounding, parts of body affected, seriousness of wounds, amputations
captures, transfers, prison camp assignments, paroles, exchanges;
(6) wartime personal information such as
marriage during wartime service, including name of bride, her parents, date & place of marriage,
birth of children during military service, including gender of child, name, date & place of birth;
(7) final military service dispositions such as
discharge, including reason, date & place,
assignment to Invalid Corps
death in C.S. service, including cause, date, & place of death, date & place of burial, age at time of death
desertion, including date & place,
oath of allegiance to the U.S. government, including date & place taken,
end-of-war parole, including date & place received;
(8) post-war personal information such as
age at time of marriage, wife’s name, her birth & death dates, wife's parents, date & place of marriage, number of children known, including gender,
post-war occupation if different from pre-war occupation, including size & name of plantation & what crop was grown
post-war distinctions such as awards, rank in United Confederate Veterans organization, college degrees, political offices, books written
date & place of death & burial,
age at time of death/burial //
(9) all sources in which the individual has been found, including
the author's or editor's last name, shortened title, page number(s),
followed by the name(s) used in that source to refer to this individual soldier. If no individual's name follows a source, it can be assumed that the spelling of the name used in that source is exactly as listed for this individual in the Index of Names & the Unit Roster.
The source reference(s) also may contain information not given in the service record.
The symbol // separates the data of an individual's service record from its sources. Full citations for each source can be found on the Sources or Acknowledgments (Thanks) pages.
The record also may include //
(10) other units in which he served; //
(11) relationship with other members of his unit or soldiers in other units who are kin to him, or the possibility that he may be the same person as an individual in another unit who has a similar name; and //
(12) a link to photographs of the individual and/or his family or, more likely, his gravesite in the Photo Gallery of this website.
Locations in Louisiana are not designated by state except to avoid confusion. Also, Vicksburg, Mississippi, generally is given no state designation because of its frequent use.
The surnames used in the Index and in the Unit Rosters are the standard spellings of these family name as determined by the author and are not always the family names used in the records. E.g.: BOUDREAUX. Non-capitalized names in brackets are alternative family name spellings used in the records. E.g.: BOUDREAUX [Boudro]. Names in bold face are the individuals’ given names and their alternative spellings or other names or initials used in the records. E.g.: BOUDREAUX [Boudro], Joseph [J. A., J. D., Josh]. Standard spellings of surnames are derived from recent phone books of the South Louisiana region and Father Hebert's South La. Records and Southwest La. Records. The most frequently used version of the name establishes the standard.
Information for individual service records is from Booth, La. Confed. Soldiers [e.g.: (B1:123)] unless otherwise noted, and unit information is from Sifakis, Compendium of C.S. Armies: Louisiana, and Bergeron, La. Confed. Units, unless otherwise stated.
Since much research has yet to be done on the personal lives of these Acadians in Gray, most of their service records do not contain the personal information indicated above. I am hoping that the descendants of these soldiers will provide me with whatever personal information on these men they may possess so that their records can be more complete. An example of a nearly complete individual service record can be seen here.
HOW TO USE THE HYPERLINKS IN THIS SITE
Viewers whose Web browser software is compatible with frames may use the hyperlinks in the Table of Contents on the left side of the Home page, which will appear on all subsequent pages of the website. Viewers whose Web browser is not compatible with frames can use the hyperlinks within the text of the Home page and the backward and forward arrows.
Each site page has a complex set of hyperlinks that allows you to move within that particular page or between pages:
The List of Family Names, which is probably where you will begin your search, allows you to move directly to the Index of Individual Names, which contains each soldier's name, rank, and unit ... but not his detailed service record.
From the Index of Names, hyperlinks take you from the individual soldier's name, rank, and unit directly to his more detailed service record in the Unit Rosters. The only individual soldiers who do not have links to the Unit Rosters are those who are not members of significantly Cajun units.
If an individual served in more than one unit, links in the Unit Rosters allow you to access his records in each unit he served, except for those units not significantly Cajun. Generally, the Index of Names links you to the first unit in which the individual served. Within the individual's initial service record is a link to the next significantly Cajun unit in which he served. A link within the individual's service record in the second unit in which he served returns you to the Index of Names as well as to the other unit(s) in which he served.
From the Index of Names, hyperlinks allow you to return to The List of Family Names to find another soldier with a different surname. Also, you can use a hyperlink to go to the top of the page of the same letter of the alphabet in the Index of Names you are using to find another surname on that same page beginning with the same letter. Once you have reached the top of the page, simply click on the surname within the brackets to go to that name within the page.
If you know the unit--battery, company, battalion, or regiment--of an individual soldier, the List of Units allows you to go directly to the page of that unit, where individual service records can be found within the Unit Rosters.
In the unit's page, hyperlinks allow you to move directly to a company within the battalion or regiment to search randomly for individual records, which are listed alphabetically within each company, and back to the top of the page again to search in another company of that unit. Links also allow you to return to the Index of Names from the Unit Rosters by clicking on an individual's name.
Don't forget those handy backward and forward arrows that are provided by your browser. And, of course, the Home Page provides links to all of the major site pages, which is how you got here in the first place.
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ABBREVIATIONS & SYMBOLS USED IN THE UNIT ROSTERS
Ranks, army & navy: GEN General (full; only in C.S. army) LG Lieutenant General MG Major General BG Brigadier General Gen. General (generic) ADM Admiral RA Rear Admiral COM Commodore COL Colonel LTC Lieutenant Colonel CDR Commander LTCDR Lieutenant Commander MAJ Major CPT Captain, navy as well as army LT Lieutenant, navy as well as army 1LT First Lieutenant 2LT Second Lieutenant Jr2LT Junior Second Lieutenant; same as 3LT 3LT Third Lieutenant ENS Ensign Sgt. Sergeant (generic) Sgt.Maj. Sergeant Major 1Sgt. First Sergeant 2Sgt. Second Sergeant 3Sgt. Third Sergeant 4Sgt. Fourth Sergeant 5Sgt. Fifth Sergeant Cpl. Corporal (generic) 1Cpl. First Corporal 2Cpl. Second Corporal 3Cpl. Third Corporal 4Cpl. Fourth Corporal Pvt. Private Other military positions: A.A.G. Assistant Adjutant General A.A.Q.M. Acting Assistant Quartermaster A.C.S. Asst. Commsy. of Subsistence A.D.C. Aide de Camp Adj. Adjutant A.G. Adjutant General A.&I.G. Adjutant & Inspector General A.Q.M. Assistant Quartermaster Asst. Surg. Assistant Surgeon Chap. Chaplain Commsy. Sgt. Commissary Sergeant Hosp. Stwd. Hospital Steward J.A. Judge Advocate Musc. Musician P.M.G. Provost Marshal General Prv. Gd. Provost Guard Prv. Mar. Provost Marshal Q.M. Quartermaster Surg. Surgeon Other abbreviations: Abs. Absent Acct. Account Actg. Acting Adm. Admitted A.G.O. Adjutant Gen.’s Office Agt. Agent Alleg. Allegiance Ambul. Ambulance ANV Army of Northern Virginia AP Army of the Potomac (U.S.) Appt. Appointed Arr. Arrived Arty. Artillery Asgd. Assigned Asmd. Assumed Assoc. Association Asst. Assistant Att. Attached AWOL Absent without Leave B Booth B. Born Batt. Battery B/c Because Bd. Board Bldg. Building Bn. Battalion Brig. Brigade Bro. Brother Bur. Buried Bvt. Brevet c circa, about, around Cap. Captured Cav. Cavalry Cem. Cemetery Certif. Certificate CGRB Confed. Gds. Response Bn. C.H. Courthouse Chf. Chief Cmd. Command/Commander (generic) Cmdg. Commanding Cmplx. Complexion Co. Company/County Coll. Collection Commsy. Commissary Con. Consolidated/Consolidating Conscr. Conscript Confed. Confederate C.S. Confederate States CSN C.S. Navy CSRC Compiled Service Records, Confederate, National Archives Ct. mar. Court martial D. Died/Dead Dept. Department Des. Deserted/Deserter Det. Detached/Detachment Detl. Detail/Detailed Disabl. Disabled/Disability Disb. Disbanded Disch. Discharged Distr. District dit French: nickname, "called" Div. Division Do. Ditto Dr. Doctor Drp. Dropped Drv. Driver E. East En. Enlisted/Enlistment Engr. Engineer ES English Speaker Exam. Examination/Examining Exch. Exchanged F&S Field & Staff Fed. Federal ff following, referring to pages Fld. Field F.m.o.c. Free man of color Fr From Ft. Fort Furl. Furlough/Furloughed Fwd. Forwarded/Forwarding F.w.o.c. Free woman of color G.C.M. General Court Martial Gd./Gds. Guard/Guards (a kind of unit) Gen. Hosp. General Hospital GHQ General Headquarters G.O. General Order(s) Gov. Governor Govt. Government Hd. Head HH Household Hon. disch. Honorably Discharged Hosp. Hospital HQ Headquarters Hvy. Heavy Illit. Illiterate Imm. Immigrant Inabl. Inability Indpt. Independent Inf. Infantry Info. Information Jct. Junction Jnd. Joined Jr. Junior KIA Killed in Action Leg. Legion Libr. Library Lit. Literate Lv. Leave M. Married. Mag. Magazine Med. Medical Mem. Memorial MIA Missing in Action Mil. Militia/Military Miss. Mississippi [River] Mstd. Mustered Mt. Mount Mtd. Mounted MWIA Mortally Wounded. in Action N. North NA National Archives N.C.O. Non-commissioned officer N.d. No date given NER No Earlier Record N-ES Non-English Speaker NFR No Further Record No. Number N.p. No place given Nr. Near Occup. Occupation O.R. Official Records Ord. Ordnance P.A.C.S. Provisional Army of the C.S. Par. Parish P.M.O. Provost Marshal’s Office POW Prisoner of War PPV Personal Property Value Pres. Present Prl. Parole/Paroled Prm. Promoted/Promotion Qrs. Quarters Rcd. Received Recrtg. Recruiting Red. Reduced Regis. Register/Registered Regt. Regiment/Regimental Rejnd. Rejoined Rel. Released Relv. Relieved Res. Reside/Resident/Reserve/Reserves Resig. Resigned/Resignation Ret. Return/Returned Rpd. Reported Rpt. Report RPV Real Property Value R.R. Railroad S. South/Southern S.D.W. ? Secty. Secretary sic As written S/o Son of S.O. Special Order(s) Spc. Special Sqdn. Squadron Sr. Senior S.S. Sharpshooter St. Saint/Street Surr. Surrender/Surrendered Svc. Service Temp. Temporary/Temporarily Thru Through Trfr. Transferred U. University UCV United Confederate Veterans U.S. United States USN U.S. Navy Vols. Volunteers vs. Versus VST Volunteer State Troops W/ With W/O Without W. West Wd. Wound/Wounded WIA Wounded in Action YJ Yellow Jackets Zv. Zouave, Zouaves + KIA/MWIA/Died in C.S.service * POW in Federal prison camp x Deserted from C.S. svc. or took the oath of allegiance to the U.S. govt. before surrender of C.S. armies $ "Galvanized Yankee": joined the U.S. svc. after taking the oath of allegiance
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