[ADAH] staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War, a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard, is included. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors’ correspondence, veterans’ censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers, and pension records. Names, places and events are often inconsistently spelled. This card file is in no way inclusive. Not every individual who served from Alabama is present in the card file. Every card contains empty fields. Because much of the documentation relating to the Army of Tennessee was lost, soldiers that served in that army tend to be poorly documented.”
“The History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, written by Thomas McAdory Owen, was published in 1921…. Dr. Owen had begun gathering materials … in the late 1890s…and worked on the [four-volume] until his death in March of 1920. Dr. Owen’s wide circle of contacts in the history, library, and manuscript communities helped him to write a comprehensive history of the state and gather biographical information on many Alabamians who helped shape and mold the state.”
African Americans dressed for church, standing in front of a cabin in Selma, Alabama. (Courtesy Alabama Digital Archives)
“AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama’s history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama’s archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.” Administered by the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries; partners include state agencies as well as public and academic libraries, and other cultural institutions throughout the state.