This is an often overlooked record set, especially by those that do research in the south. Technically this is a census of surviving Union soldiers but a bunch of Confederate soldiers managed to make the list.
I had no problem finding examples but I picked this one because these men were enumerated while in the Bexar County, Texas jail which makes them all the more interesting.
Screenshot from Ancestry.com
The last line shows Ephraim E. Cottingham, Company G, 2nd Regiment, Texas Infantry which was a Confederate unit. You can read more about this unit HERE. If you click on the roster you will see E. E. Cottingham listed in Company G. The enumerator realized his error and tried to scratch Ephraim out. No problem though, we can still see what he wrote. I wonder what Ephraim did to end up in jail.
Anyway, the 1890 Veterans Schedule is a great resource especially since almost all of the 1890 population schedule is lost. It is definitely worth your while to take a look, even if you are looking for a Confederate. These schedules are available on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Unfortunately, the states of Alabama through Kansas and half of Kentucky are lost. The District of Columbia and half of Kentucky through Wyoming survived.
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