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 are housed in the State Archives at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. In this online collection, the application file and the pension file have been combined into a single record.
A separate collection, the Oklahoma Confederate Pension Index Cards includes the index cards which are the finding aid to the application 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. The Annual Reports of the Board of Pension Commissioners are also included in the collection.