SHIRLEY, OLIVER SILAS (1844 ~ 1928). Confederate veteran Oliver Shirley was born January 24, 1844, in Tyler County, Texas.
On February 9, 1864, Shirley enlisted in the 2nd Frontier District, Eastland County under Major George Bernard Erath and 1st Lt. Singleton Gilbert. Shirley served in the Frontier Organization, which was the final modification of frontier defense in Texas during the Civil War. The Frontier Organization assumed total responsibility for Texas frontier defense in March 1864 and lasted until months following the War.
One of the unit's major engagements was the Ellison Springs Indian Fight, which took place in August 1864. Typically, engagements on the frontier usually consisted of small unit fighting and this battle was no different. The small band of Texans was unsuccessful in their assault and this turned out to be the only setback under Major Erath's command.
Following the Civil War, Shirley worked as a stockman and married Lavina Della Dunlap.
Due to failing health, he was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin, Texas on September 21, 1928. O. S. Shirley died on October 4, 1928 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from Confederate Home Roster; Confederate Pension Application, 28958 - Bandera County; and the Handbook of Texas.