In 1915, Oklahoma’s Fifth Legislature approved the Confederate Soldiers’ Pension Bill. This Act provided for pensions for disabled and indigent Confederate soldiers, sailors, and their widows.
The Act also provided for the creation of the Board of Pension Commissioners, which was vested with the authority to hear and determine all applications for pensions under the provisions of the Act.
The Board of Pension Commissioners received applications and allowed, or refused, pensions based on established criteria, including the applicant’s residence in Oklahoma for 12 months prior to the passage and approval of the Act. The application files and pension files maintained by the Board are available at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
The index cards in this collection represent the finding aid to these files. The cards, which are organized by name, often include the name of the spouse, address, date of marriage, date of death, and information about the veteran’s military service.
Archivists at ODL are currently at work organizing, digitizing and filling a companion online collection containing the entire pension and correspondence file for each Confederate pensioner. Work is expected to be completed in late 2013.