ROSS, J. A. (1846 ~ 1923). Confederate veteran J. A. Ross was born in Alabama on February 22, 1846. Ross and his family moved to Texas in 1859.
In February 1863, Ross enlisted in the 19th Texas Cavalry under the command of Nathaniel Macon Burford. He served in Company D as a private. The majority of the men were from Dallas, Kaufman, Ellis, Hill, Navarro, McLennan, and Parker Counties.
After its organization, the 19th Cavalry was ordered to Arkansas and, along with George W. Carter's 21st Texas Cavalry and Joseph H. Pratt's 10th Texas Field Battery, joined a brigade under the command of Colonel William Henry Parson. The men of the unit served as scouts and raiders along the Mississippi River from Missouri to Louisiana. The unit fought in several skirmishes and battles, including the Red River Campaign. Ross was discharged at the end of the War in 1865.
Ross moved to Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas in 1872, and worked as a farmer and for a railroad. In 1915, he successfully applied for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas. He claimed that he had no property and was in poor health.
After his wife's death (name unknown), Ross moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home on June 26, 1922. He died at the Home on February 20, 1923 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Upon entering the Confederate Home, Ross named two men, P. E. Ross and C. A. Ross (possibly his sons), as correspondents. They lived in Mexia and Bishop, Texas.
Information taken from: Soldier's Application for a Pension # 32427; "BURFORD, NATHANIEL MACON." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Mon Aug 11 12:44:34 US/Central 2003].; "PARSONS, WILLIAM HENRY." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Mon Aug 11 12:45:10 US/Central 2003]. Confederate Home Roster; and Death Certificate # 006478.