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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Twenty-Fifth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12th, 1894.
Olin F. Rice, of Kentucky, graduated at West Point, May 6, 1861, and was appointed Second Lieutenant, Ninth Regiment of Infantry, U. S. Army.
Being a Southern man, he resigned and cast his lot with the Confederacy. He was appointed a Captain in Colonel John S. Bowen's Regiment, the First Missouri. He was distinguished at Shiloh, and after the wounding of Lieutenant-Colonel Rich, he most gallantly commanded the Regiment until the close of the battle, and immediately afterwards he became Major of the Regiment.
In September, 1862, he was assigned to the staff of Major-General Buckner, serving in that capacity with distinction in the Kentucky campaign, at the close of which he was appointed Colonel of an Alabama Regiment, and stationed in Mobile, where, besides commanding a Regiment, he performed the duties of Inspector General on the Staff of General Dabney H. Maury. He continued with this Army until the close of the war, meriting the commendation of all his superior officers.
From 1865 to 1875, Colonel Rice was engaged in business in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1873 he married Miss Ada Dickens Talbot, of Jackson, Tennessee, to which place he moved in 1875, remaining there until his death, on December 23, 1882. He is buried in the Talbot lot of the beautiful Riverside Cemetery of that city.
His wife and two little girls, Ada Talbot Rice, and Marie Sophie Rice, survived him.
Colonel Rice was a brave and conscientious officer, and was esteemed by his associates in all the relations of life.
Note — General Cullum's Register of Graduates states that Colonel Rice was killed at the battle of Opequan, September 19, 1864.
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