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Confederate Amnesty Records for the United States Civil War, 1863-1866 (ICPSR 9429)

Principal Investigator(s): Steckel, Richard H.


This data collection was designed to compare the heights of southern whites with those of slaves and northern white males between 1863 and 1866. Information provided includes month, day, and year of amnesty, county and state, age, color of skin, eyes, and hair, occupation, last name, first name, oath administrators, feet component in height, inch component in height, and height in inches.

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Study Description


Steckel, Richard H. Confederate Amnesty Records for the United States Civil War, 1863-1866. ICPSR09429-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09429.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09429.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Ohio State University
  • University of Chicago. Booth School of Business. Center for Population Economics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    American Civil War, amnesty, Confederate States of America, demographic characteristics, height, males, nineteenth century, slave populations, Southern United States, White Americans

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1863--1866

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982

Universe:    All amnesty oaths signed by persons in the Confederacy and kept in the Diplomacy Branch, Record Group #59, Entries 466 and 467 in the National Archives.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain alphabetic codes.


Sample:    Random sample of about 3 percent of all amnesty oaths signed by persons in the Confederacy.

Data Source:

amnesty oaths

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-01-10

Version History:

  • 2009-06-11 SAS and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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