Source: Breedlove, Mike [mailto:Mike.Breedlove@archives.alabama.gov]
Alabama Quartermaster General Civil War era records microfilmed and available
Alabama History Lovers:
Now available on microfilm at the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History in Montgomery is the following series of records: Alabama Quartermaster General, Administrative files, 1861-1865. The records are available on 26 microfilm reels, SG006471, Reels 3-24, and SG006472, Reels 01-04, and may be requested at the Research Room on the first floor.
Scope and Content Note: This series documents the functions of the
Quartermaster General of Alabama during the Civil War. According to a
document found in this collection "In addition to the duties required in common with C.S. Q.M. [Confederate States Quarter Master] Dept. the law and orders of the Governor have and to be, the distribution of salt manufactured and purchased, the payment of contractors; receipts and sales of whiskey, and consequently the accounts of numerous agents
examined and audited - and the fund for payments of indigent families
apportioned and paid - cotton cards to be distributed and transportation to be provided for these articles. Manufacture and issue of clothing, transportation of troops and military stores and purchase of material necessarily and properly belongs to the Department - In addition to these the Dept. of State has charged of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, and the purchase, manufacture and transportation of stores for supply of hospitals & Wayside Home in Richmond."
All these topics are reflected in this group of records as well as the
impressment of slaves for public projects such as defenses at Choctaw Bluff and Oven Bluff north of Mobile as well as along the Chattahoochee River.
Information is included about individual military units including
independent companies, the naval yard in Pensacola, Ft. Morgan, Ft.
Barrancas and Ft. Gaines. Particularly interesting is the information
relating to the activating of the the various independent companies
immediately leading up to and at the start of the war. Payrolls for
laborers working for the Quartermaster are also present. These document not only the names but the occupations of individuals hired to help with the war effort. A full cubic foot of material relates directly to ordnance and ordnance stores.
This series is invaluable to anyone that is interested in the home front during the Civil War as well as the supplying of the state troops. The first year of the war is particularly well documented.
The first part of this series contains abstracts that are arranged
alphabetically by letter code. There are "A" abstracts, "B" abstracts,
etc. Each letter code signifies a certain type of abstract.