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Civil War Payment Vouchers, 1861-1865

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This database indexes 15,770 payment vouchers for military expenditures and wartime purchases made by the State of New Jersey from 1861 through 1866. Over 114,212 personal and corporate name entries are included.

The processing and indexing of this collection was made possible by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association (NJCWHA), a non-profit organization. NJCWHA provided volunteers to sort, flatten and rehouse the nearly 16,000 documents and, with grant funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, contracted for the creation of a database to index them. The New Jersey State Archives gratefully acknowledges the work of the NJCWHA volunteers: Laurie Berg, Louis “Jim” Bordonaro, Jack FitzPatrick, Leroy Bruce Jones, Charles Larkin, and Joseph Seliga. For more information about the vouchers and other Civil War-era records held at the Archives please consult our Civil War Collections catalog page and the Civil War Grant Project.

Documents include discharge certificates for soldiers' final pay (over 9,300 items), affidavits of family members for pay due to deceased soldiers (over 1,400 items), and quarterly returns from counties and cities for subsistence allowances paid to the soldiers' families and dependants (especially dependant mothers) during their service. The collection also includes payment vouchers for services and goods such as carting services, recruiting services, printing, communications, guns, flags, uniforms, fodder, munitions, etc.

Results are limited to 500 records per search.

You may search by any combination of first name, last name, corporate name, rank, regiment, company, county, subject heading, and/or years.

The spelling of personal names on the vouchers is inconsistent so it advisable to try variant spellings. Where cross-references to variant spellings have been found in William S. Stryker's Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (Trenton, NJ: 1876) they are noted, and the database automatically searches them. The Stryker variants, as well as other variant spellings, when found, are listed at the end of the voucher description.

Entering the initial letter or string of letters into the name fields will return all records beginning with that letter or string. To search a string within a name, use the wildcard character * followed by the string. For example, the surname "Smith" may be searched to include the variant "Smyth" by entering "Sm*th" in last name field. To sort the search results click on the header of each column.

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