PEARSON, OLIVER HAZARD (1828 ~ 1917). Oliver Hazard Pearson, Confederate veteran, was born in South Carolina in 1828. After moving to Texas in 1840, Pearson's family settled in South Texas, most likely in Karnes County.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Pearson enlisted in the Confederacy on October 1, 1861, at Helena, Karnes County, Texas and was mustered into Company I of the 2nd Texas Cavalry, which was also known as the 2nd Texas Mounted Rifles.
During the War, the 2nd Cavalry fought in the New Mexico Territory and Louisiana and defended Galveston against Union invasion. Even though the regiment had already disbanded, it was included in the Confederate surrender at the War's end on June 2, 1865.
After the War, Pearson returned to his home in Karnes County, where he worked as a farmer. By 1880, he and his wife, Anna, and three sons, Raford, Joseph, and Lee, had moved to Ivanhoe, Fannin County, Texas. Around 1882, the family had moved to Waco, McLennan County. There Pearson successfully applied for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas.
After Anna's death, Pearson moved back to Ivanhoe, where he remained until December 9, 1914, when he moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home. After living in the Home for nearly three years, Pearson died on April 2, 1917, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Upon his entry into the Home, Pearson wished to have Miss Maggie Harris, of Ivanhoe, and Mrs. Fannie Perason, of Dallas, notified of his death.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record; National Park Service website, http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; 1880 U. S. Census; Confederate Pension Application # 2847; Confederate Home Roster; and Death Certificate # 11703.