State archives post military police records online

10:50 am | November 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Military police records from the Civil War era are being posted in an online database by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The Union provost marshal records dating from 1861 to 1867 include correspondence, oaths of allegiance, orders, permits, prisoner lists and claims for compensation for property damaged by the military.

The War Department records were originally microfilmed by the National Archives. State archivists and volunteers have been scanning documents relating to Tennesseans since 2011.

According to the State Library and Archives, the records could provide valuable insight to researchers, genealogists and historians into how soldiers and ordinary Tennesseans dealt with the turmoil of war.

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