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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Ala.)

Owen K. McLemore

(Ap'd Ala.)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1856‑57, — Escorting

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, Sep. 16, 1856)

the Commissioner for running the Southern Boundary of Kansas, 1857, — quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — March to California, 1858, — Benicia, Cal., 1858, — Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1859, — Ft. Mojave, N. M., 1859‑60, — and Benicia, Cal., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 8, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed, Sep. 14, 1862, at the Battle of South Mountain, Md.: Aged 27.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the 4th Alabama Infantry, Whiting's Brigade, Hood's Division, Army of Northern Virginia.

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