The New Jersey State Archives has a free, online database of Civil War Pay Vouchers. “New Jersey’s Civil War-period treasury vouchers collection includes 15,770 payment receipts for military expenditures and wartime purchases made by the State of New Jersey from 1861 through 1866. It includes soldiers’ discharge certificates for final pay (over 9,300 items), affidavits of family members for pay due to deceased soldiers (over 1,400 items), and quarterly returns of the counties and cities listing the names of soldiers’ families and dependant mothers who received subsistence pay during their service.  This database indexes over 123,000 personal and corporate names.”

“You may search by any combination of Last or Corporate Name, First Name, Regiment, County, Subject Heading, and/or Years. Entering the initial letter or string of letters into the Name Fields will return all records beginning with that string. To search on a string within a name, simply type “%” followed by the string.  The spelling of personal names in the vouchers is often inconsistent and it advisable to try variant spellings. Where possible cross references to variant spellings for soldiers found in William S. Stryker’s Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (Trenton, NJ: 1876) is provided, and the database automatically searches them. The Stryker variants, as well as other variant spellings, when applied, are indicated at the end of the voucher description.”


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