Fold3 lookup: was Governor Kossuth's brother-in-law a Confederate soldier?

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There was a confederate soldier in Virginia named Sigismund Zulavsky who has somewhere on the order of 50 record matches on FamilySearch, almost all of them based on images that are behind the paywall on

(The list also includes a few matches for a soldier in Connecticut, but that is a different, much younger man -- possibly the son of the guy in Virginia; more on that below.)

The only image that isn't paywalled is an index card; it seems to be a summary of Sigismund's military record, although I have no hope of deciphering all of the abbreviations.

Image, front: (United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865 - Wra-Zwi - image 2593 of 2602)
Image, back: (ditto, image 2594 of 2602)

I'm trying to figure out whether this Confederate soldier could be Lajos Kossuth's brother-in-law Zsigmond Zsulavszky, husband of Lajos's sister Emilia.

Zsigmond, Emilia, and three of their sons arrived in the U.S. in the summer of 1852. Their fourth son, László, came a year later with his aunt Zsuzsanna (the youngest sister of Lajos and Emilia). From what I can tell, Zsigmond and Emilia's youngest, Zsigmond (1846-1863), rounded up his age by three years when he enlisted in Connecticut in 1861.

Based on their marriage record (Sátoraljaújhely, 16 Feb 1835), Emilia's husband was born about 1814 somewhere in Poland, and was Roman Catholic. (The Kossuth family was Lutheran.)

The sparse information in the indexes also gives a birthdate circa 1814 for the Confederate soldier (he's age 47 around 1861). For a birthplace, the reverse side of the index card says "Godova, Hungary". As far as I can tell, no such place has ever existed, but there is a Gdów, Poland, which in the 1800s was in Galicia, Austria, about 55 km (35 miles) north of the Kingdom of Hungary. (It's now about the same distance north of Slovakia.)

Do any of the images on offer any more evidence?
WikiTree profile: Lajos Kossuth
in Genealogy Help by J Palotay G2G6 Mach 6 (62.4k points)

1 Answer

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Ancestry has multiple people of this name, one who was coloured.

Name: Sigismund Zulavsky
Birth Place: Godova, Poland
Enlistment Date: 15 May 1861
Enlistment Place: Harper's Ferry, Virginia
Enlistment Rank: Private
Muster Date: 15 May 1861
Muster Place: Virginia
Muster Company: D
Muster Regiment: 1st Cavalry
Muster Regiment Type: Cavalry
Muster Information: Substitute
Rank Change Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Rank Change Information: In Artillery
Muster Out Date: 12 Sep 1861
Muster Out Information: Transferred
Side of War: Confederacy
Survived War?: Yes
Occupation: Photographer
Notes: 1861-12-31 Sentenced, To lose $24.00 in pay; 1864-12-27 Offered, To raise a Company of Cav in So Alabama
Additional Notes: Served as Major in Austrian Army.
Additional Notes 2: Muster 2 Date: 12 Sep 1861; Muster 2 Place: Virginia; Muster 2 Unit: 649; Muster 2 Company: D; Muster 2 Regiment: 6th Cavalry; Muster 2 Regiment Type: Cavalry; Muster 2 Information: Transferred; MusterOut 2 Date: 25 Apr 1862; MusterOut 2 Information: disch;
Title: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series; Research by Ireneusz Friede
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

The one in the colored regiment is the younger Sigismund, who died in Louisiana in 1863. (Ninth entry on page, see remarks section: One of his cousins (Albert Ruttkay, 1841-1888) was an officer in the 4th US Colored Heavy Artillery.

Marion, I'm a little confused. Is the data you posted from an Ancestry index (of what?), or something from fold3, or something else?
Ancestry, from the Virginia Regimental History Series
Ah, OK.

So is there information on Ancestry about what those fifty-odd Fold3 record matches actually contain? (How close is the relationship between Ancestry and Fold3? Are they totally separate subscriptions?)

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