|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1842|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 1931|
Pvt Co D 13th AL Infantry C.S.A.
Proud Confederate Soldier
member of Louden Butler Camp #409, Benton, LA (Commander, 1931) & Gen. Leroy Stafford Camp #3, Shreveport, LA, United Confederate Veterans
(From the The Last Roll, Confederate Veteran, January 1932, Vol. 39, Pg.28)
Gen. John Timothy Pearce, Commander of the Leroy Stafford Camp, U.C.V. of Shreveport, and Assistant Inspector General on the staff of Gen. C. A. DeSaussure, Commander in Chief, U. C. V., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John McWilliams Ford, in Shreveport, La. on September 26, 1931, at the age of eighty-nine years. He was one of the five active members left of his Camp, and one of the best known and most widely beloved citizens of Shreveport. Ever devoted to the principles for which he had fought in the sixties, he loved to meet with his comrades in arms and had been a regular attendant on Confederate reunions for the past forty years. He also served on the staff of Gen. L. W. Stephens when Commander in Chief, U. C. V.
The following sketch was prepared by a friend and fellow Churchman, Professor Pierce Cline, of Centenary College:
John Timothy Pearce was born July 25, 1842 in Paulding County, Ga., and when he was two years of age, his father and mother moved to Benton County, Ala., where his youth and young manhood were spent on the farm. At the age of nineteen, he enlisted as a private in Company D, 13th Alabama Regiment, under command of Capt. James Aiken. With this regiment, he was ordered to Richmond, Va. In August, 1861, later being ordered to historic Yorktown, where he was made a special courier to General Raines.
In the battle of Seven Pines, June 1, 1862, young Pearce was severely wounded and sent to a hospital in Richmond. When sufficiently recovered, he was placed in charge of a large ward in Winder Hospital, where he remained about six months. He then returned to Alabama and assisted in raising a company of younger men, and was elected 1st Lieutenant of the company. This company was made a part of the 62nd Alabama Regiment, and was captured by General Canby's overwhelming odds. With this company Lieutenant Pearce was sent as a prisoner of war to Ship Island, near New Orleans, where he was guarded by negro soldiers under white officers. After one month, he was transferred to New Orleans, thence to Vicksburg, thence to Jackson and Meridian, where he was paroled, and walked most of the five hundred miles home.
After the war, Lieutenant Pearce engaged in the mercantile business on Oxford, Ala., for more than forty years. In 1869, he was married to Miss Susan George Samford, daughter of the renowned W. F. Samford and Susan Lewis Dowdell Samford, and sister to Alabama's great Governor, W. J. Samford. In 1905, he and his wife removed to Louisiana and dwelt with their sons at Belcher, La., after whose deaths they removed to the homes of their daughter, Mrs. Ford, where they were overtaken by death, Mrs. Pearce having died in 1923. He is survived by three sons, two daughters, twenty grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, also by a sister.
General Pearce was a devout Christian gentleman. As a citizen of his community, he was active for righteousness. His character was strong and rugged. His courage never flagged. His honesty and loyalty were beyond all question. His personality was compelling. He was at all times and on all occasions pre-eminently John Timothy Pearce. He was loved for his piety and spirit of self-sacrifice, and was honored for his integrity. Transeat in Exemplum.
Susan George Samford Pearce (1848 - 1923)*
Lewis Flewellen Clopton Pearce (1879 - 1915)*
Mary Louise Pearce Ford (1880 - 1970)*
Susan Margaret Pearce (1888 - 1980)*
Note: Plot info below is from Sexton's records, this grave is unmarked
Plot: Old Payrow #81
Created by: David Hill
Record added: May 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11025157