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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

George O. Watts

(Ap'd Ky.)


George Owen Watts: Born May 17, 1840, Richmond, KY.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861: in drilling and organizing Volunteers at Washington, D. C., June 25 to July 9, 1861; and on leave of absence, July 9 to Aug. 10, 1861.

Resigned, Aug. 10, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.b

Civil History. — Unknown, 1866‑84. Clerk of District Court at Alexandria Rapids Parish, La., since 1884.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Residence in Rapides Parish, La., 1870‑76. — Clerk of District and Appellate Courts of his district from 1880 to 1892. — Superintendent of Education of the Parish, 1892 to 1900.

Died, Dec. 5, 1905, at Emma, Texas: Aged 66.

Buried, St. Landry Church Cemetery, Opelousas, LA.

Thayer's Notes:

a His full name and birthdate are from his tombstone (q.v.); his birthplace is from published sources, such as the item quoted in my next note.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The following biographical sketch is from the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana (The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago & Nashville, 1890 and thus in the public domain):

Col. George Owen Watts is the district clerk of Rapides Parish, La., and is one of the representative men of the same, it being with truth said that no more capable man for the position could be found than he. Like all native Kentuckians he is of an energetic, enterprising and intelligent disposition, and in the discharge of his duties he has been remarkably faithful and competent. He was born in Richmond, Madison County, May 17, 1840, being a son of Charles Sinclair Watts, a farmer, and a grandson of Charles Watts, a native of England who came to the United States a short time prior to, or during, the Revolutionary War, settling in Amherst County, Va., branches of his family afterward locating in Westmoreland County, Va., Pennsylvania and Alabama. The mother of the subject was Miss Elizabeth Walker, a daughter of Judge William Winston Walker, of Jamestown, Va., whose ancestors early came to America, they, as well as the Watts, taking sides with the colonists during their trouble with the mother country, afterward settling in Virginia and Maryland. Charles Sinclair Watts was born in 1801 and died in 1874, his wife's birth occurring two years later than his own, and her death in 1887. George Owen Watts was one of five sons and one daughter born to his parents, and in his native state he attained to man's estate. He was given exceptionally good education advantages, and in 1861 graduated from the West Point Military Academy, after which he immediately joined the Federal Army, and was given the position of second lieutenant in the United States Mounted Rifles of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Meade's staff, but August 10 of the same year resigned, his resignation being accepted, after which he almost immediately joined the Confederate Army as a private, and was shortly after assigned to duty as aide-de camp on Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Simon B. Buckner's staff, and was detailed to serve in the Engineer's Corps, and built a portion of the forts at Fort Donelson, and was in charge of the fortification around Nashville, Tenn. He was next assigned to duty in charge of the fortification of Fort Pillow, and was afterward ordered to Vicksburg, and served in the second battle of Corinth in charge of a Mississippi battalion of infantry which had been commanded by Maj. Ward, of Panola, Miss., and after that battle he served as judge advocate of court martial at Holly Springs and Grenada, Miss. He was next ordered to Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Earl Van Dorn at Columbia, Tenn., and served as his chief of artillery, but after the death of Van Dorn he became inspector-general of Buckner's division. His next service was in Virginia, but July 8, 1864, he was once more ordered to Gen. Buckner, of the Trans-Mississippi Department, as chief of artillery, but surrendered as colonel of cavalry. After the war he returned to his old home in Louisiana, and settled near Alexandria as a planter, and is still the owner of a valuable lot of land near the town. He has always taken a deep interest in political matters, and has been parish assessor by appointment of Gov. Nichols, and has been clerk of the district court for three successive terms, which fact goes to show the success with which he has discharged his duties. He was married, in 1865, to Miss Annie Elizabeth Ogden, a native of Rapides parish, La., and a daughter of Judge Octavius Nash Ogden and Lethenia (Sprague) Ogden, the former a member of a prominent old family of South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Watts have two children: Octavius Nash Ogden and Annie Elizabeth. The family are members of the Episcopal Church, and he is one of the vestrymen. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and the A. O. U. W. socially.

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