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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1858

Vol. II

(Born Ind.)

Oliver P. Gooding

(Ap'd Ind.)


Oliver Paul Gooding: Born Jan. 29, 1835, Moscow, IN.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1858, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1858.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1858‑59; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 10th Infantry, Feb. 5, 1859)

duty on Utah Expedition, 1859‑60, — and at Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in the

(First Lieut., 10th Infantry, May 7, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Oct. 18, 1861, to Feb. 15, 1862; in command of Regiment in the Expedition to New Orleans, La., Feb., 1862; in

(Colonel, 31st Massachusetts Volunteers, Feb. 18, 1862)

command of Fts. Jackson and St. Philip, La., June 10 to July 20, 1862; as

(Captain, 10th Infantry, June 27, 1862)

Chief Mustering Officer of the Department of the Gulf, July 21 to Sep. 15, 1862; in command of Fts. Jackson and St. Philip, La., Sep. 20, 1862, to Jan. 19, 1863; in Operations in Louisiana, commanding Brigade of 19th Army Corps, Jan. 25 to July 28, 1863, being engaged in the Combat of Camp Bisland, Apr. 12‑13, 1863, — Pursuit of the enemy to Alexandria, Apr., 1863, — and Siege of Port Hudson, May 27 to July 8, 1863, participating in the Assaults of May 27 and June 14, 1863; on leave of absence, July 28 to Aug. 18, 1863; in command of the District of Baton Rouge, La., Sep. 1 to Oct. 19, 1863; on Military Commission at Washington, D. C., Dec. 3, 1863, to Jan. 27, 1864; in command of Cavalry Brigade, Feb. 24 to June 5, 1864, and of Division, June 5 to July 11, 1864, Department of the Gulf; on the Red River Campaign, Mar. to May, 1864, being engaged in the Action of Campti (in command), Apr. 4, 1864, — Battle of Pleasant Hill, Apr. 9, 1864, — Battle of Cane River Crossing, Apr. 23, 1864, — and Action of Mansura, May 14, 1864; on Veteran Furlough, July 21 to Sep. 18, 1864; in command of Cavalry

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Nov. 26, 1864)

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Meritorious Services)

(Bvt. Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant Conduct in the Assaults on the Enemy's Works
at Port Hudson, La., in 1863,
and for Gallant and Distinguished Conduct
throughout the Red River Campaign in 1864)

 p713  Brigade, Department of the Gulf, Sep. 23 to Nov. 11, 1864; and as Inspecting Officer at Kennerville, La., Jan. 10 to Mar. 4, 1865.

Resigned, Mar. 20, 1865.

Civil History. — Counselor At Law, 1865‑90. Asst. Marshal of the District of Columbia, 1866‑67. Police Commissioner of St. Louis, Mo., 1883‑89.

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

Civil History. — Insane; in government asylum, Washington, D. C.

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

Civil History. — Insane; in government asylum, Washington, D. C.​b

Died, Sept. 9, 1909, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.​c

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1910.º

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Gooding's middle name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b An article in the Washington Post, April 2, 1895 records the details of Gen. Gooding's insanity hearing and his commitment to St. Elizabeth's Asylum in Washington, D. C.

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c This line is not in the Register, which gives no death data; the 1910 and later Supplements to the Register mark him as having died, but offer no other information. The death data are from his AOG obituary.

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