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The Maryland Line in the Confederate Army. 1861-1865 by W. W. Goldsborough
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and colored troops, was compiled on the basis of State of birth. However,
in the case of Union veterans the collections in Washington are full enough
to supplement the omissions and correct the errors of this compilation.

The Confederate veterans were totally neglected in Maryland. No official
agency ever appropriated anything to collect their records and, in any case,
the job would have been difficult during the early days, for in addition to
the loss of records already noted, there were special reasons for many in-
dividuals to forget their service for the Confederacy. In addition, many
Marylanders became scattered as the war went on among organizations of
ail kinds and from every place in the South. In 1869 one of the Maryland
Confederate veterans, W. W. Goldsborough, gathered together as much
information as he could from survivors and published the results of his
research in book form, The Maryland Line In The Confederate Army.*
This volume contains only the names of men who fought with Mary-
land groups with the exception of a very few additional names picked up
here and there and is therefore only about one-fourth complete since it con-
tains service records for only about 5,000 of the estimated 20,000 men
who enlisted in the Confederate Army and who are listed in the Maryland
conscription books as having "skedaddled South."

Goldsborough never prepared an index to his volume and it was this
task that the United Daughters of the Confederacy so graciously under-
took. It was in the best sense of the word a cooperative project. Mrs. Lewis
was assisted in the preparation and checking of the cards by Professor
Charles Lee Lewis, Professor of English and History at the United States
Naval Academy, and by Miss Elinore G. Girault of Annapolis. The final
copy was checked thoroughly by Mr. Roger Thomas, Assistant Archivist at
the Hall of Records. The cost of typing was defrayed by the Maryland
Slate Chapter of the U. D. C. Permission to print the index under the
seal of the Hall of Records and the State of Maryland was gladly given by
the Hall of Records Commission. The Commission also agreed to take
care of the distribution of the volume and to pay the cost of printing. It
is the sincere hope of all these collaborators that this work will be useful
and that even in the dry form which indexes must assume, it will bring
to mind again the names of many of those who made such great sacrifices
in that awful struggle.

Annapolis; MORRIS L. RADOFF,
December 15, 1944. Archivist

* The Index was made from the edition of 1900.


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