MCFARLANE, ROBERT S. (1830 ~ 1905). Robert S. McFarlane, Confederate veteran, was born in Scotland, circa 1830 - 1835. After immigrating to the United States, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Fort Drewry on June 3, 1862, and was mustered into Captain John W. Drewry's Company, or Southside Artillery, Virginia Artillery, as a 3rd Lieutenant.
The Southside Artillery was organized on January 7, 1862, and was assigned to the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Artillery, as Company C. On June 3, 1862, when McFarlane enlisted, it was reorganized and designated Captain Jones' Independent Company Virginia Artillery. On April 23, 1863, it became Captain Drewry's Company Virginia Artillery. Other than the provided information, nothing else is known about McFarlane's experiences during the War.
Sometime after the War, it appears that McFarlane moved to Arkansas and settled in Arkadelphia, where he appears on the 1880 U. S. Census. If this is the same R. S. McFarlane, then he was married to a woman with the initials, L. P., and they had a son, J. A., who, at the time of the census, was only five months old. While living in Arkadelphia, McFarlane worked as a painter.
In 1882, McFarlane moved to Texas and settled in Clarendon, Donley County, where he worked as a painter. There is no mention of his wife or child after the 1880 Census. On December 2, 1894, he moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home, but stayed only a short time. Though he did return on December 16, 1896, and stayed until his death on May 2, 1905. He was later buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
It does not appear that McFarlane was married. The only person he listed as a contact while living in the Home was H. C. Patton, who was living in Clarendon.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Records; 1880 United States Census; Confederate Home Roster; and Death Certificate # 57043.