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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II
p651
1726

(Born O.)

Wesley Owens

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Oct. 1, 1832.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1852, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, July 1, 1856.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856, — Scouting, 1856, being engaged in a Skirmish on the Rio Grande, Dec. 21, 1856, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856‑57, — Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1857‑58, — Camp Hudson, Tex., 1858‑59, — Scouting to New Mexico, 1859, being engaged against Comanche Indians in a Skirmish, May 2, 1859, — Camp Ives, Tex., 1859‑60, — Camp Rosario, Tex., 1860, — and Edinburg, Tex., 1860; and at the Military Academy, 1860‑61, as Asst. Professor of Spanish, Nov. 9,

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Mar. 21, 1861: 5th Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

1860, to Sep. 3, 1861, — and Asst. Instructor of Cavalry, Sep. 3 to Oct. 23, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Oct. 30 to Dec. 24, 1861; as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of Maryland State Troops, Dec. 24, 1861, to

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, Jan. 15, 1862)

Mar. 8, 1862; on Reconnoissance toward the Rappahannock, Mar., 1862, being engaged in a Skirmish at Catlett's Station, Mar. 14, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg (on General Sumner's Staff), May 5, 1862, — Action of Hanover C. H., May 27, 1862, — Seven Days' Operations before

(Bvt. Major, May 27, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Hanover C. H., Va.)

Richmond, June 26 to July 2, 1862, — and Skirmish at Sycamore Church, Aug. 3, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam (commanding Regiment), Sep. 17, 1862, — and Skirmishes at Shepardstown, Sep. 19, Charlestown, Sep. 25, Halltown, Sep. 29, Upperville, Nov. 2, Markham, Nov. 10, and Amissville, Nov. 11, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksbsurg (commanding picket line of Right Flank of Army), Dec. 13, 1862, — Action of Kelly's Ford, Mar. 17, 1863, — and "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stoneman's

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Inspector-General, 3d Corps, Jan. 1 to Mar. 23, 1863)

Raid" on Richmond, Apr. 29 to May 4, 1863, when, in a charge at Flemming's Cross-roads, he was captured and sent to Libby Prison; as an Inspector in the Provost Marshal General's Department, June 8, 1863, to Mar. 15, 1864; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General of the State of Rhode Island, Mar. 15 to Sep. 19, 1864; at the Military Academy as Principal Asst. Professor of Spanish, Sep. 21, 1864, to Jan. 24, 1865; as Asst. in the Provost Marshal General's Office at Washington, D. C., Jan. 25 to May 12, 1865; in command of 8th Ohio Cavalry, in Western

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Virginia, May 12 to June 30, 1865; and on detached service at Carlisle

(Colonel, 8th Ohio Cavalry Volunteers, May 12 to June 30, 1865)

Barracks, Pa., Aug. to Sep., 1865.

Served: in command of 5th Cavalry, Sep., 1865 to Mar., 1866, at p652Washington, D. C.; as witness before a Court Martial at Annapolis, Md., Mar. 5 to June 24, 1866; in command of Company at Washington, D. C., June 24 to Nov. 25, 1866; and on sick leave of absence, Nov. 25, 1866, to Aug. 11, 1867.

Died, Aug. 11, 1867, at Suisun, Cal.: Aged 35.

Buried, Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, CA.


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