A Source For Confederate
by Lisa South, Certified
“Mike Kelley is dead.” I’m sure these were
tragic words at the time they were written, but
they are thrilling to the genealogist. “Mike
Kelley is dead” is the first sentence of an
article in “The Confederate Veteran Magazine”. The
article gives Mike Kelley’s death date and place,
birth date and place and includes information
about his military service in the Confederate
States of America, and then the coup de gras – a
picture of Michael Kelley.
This article appears in “The Confederate
Veteran Magazine” in a section called “The Last
Roll Call.” “The Last Roll Call” was made up of
death notices of former confederate soldiers. Of
course, they were only included if a family or
friend knew to submit the information and took the
time to do so. Some notices are very short, some
are full of information and if we are really lucky
a picture of the veteran is included.
As the title suggests – this is only applicable
to those who fought for the Confederacy, but
because records for Confederate soldiers are not
as plentiful as those for Union soldiers, “The
Last Roll Call” can be a real boon to researchers.
The Confederate Veteran Magazine also has a great
deal of first hand accounts of the battles and
other Civil War experiences. One of my ancestors
was captured by the Union Army at Missionary
Ridge. I searched the “Confederate Veteran” and
was able to read eye-witness accounts of what
happened on that day.
“The Confederate Veteran Magazine” was
originally published from 1893-1932. There is a
separate cumulative Index to all of the
The Library of Virginia has a wonderful site
site will search the index of “The Confederate
Veteran Magazine”. If the name on which you search
is listed, the site will also give you a brief
synopsis of the article.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City
has the index as well as hard copies of the
magazines. Since the magazines have not been
microfilmed, they cannot be sent to the branch
libraries of the LDS Church.
If you don’t have access to the internet or
would like to read the entire article, check your
local libraries. Interestingly enough, I found the
index at my local library, but they did not have
the magazines. Later while visiting a relative, I
found their library did NOT have the index, but
did have the magazines. By using both libraries, I
came home with some valuable records about my
ancestors who served in the Confederacy.