General Richard J. Oglesby

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“General Oglesby, born in Oldham County, Ky., July 25th, 1824. Served in the Mexican War; was present at the siege of Vera Cruz and the battle of Cerro Gordo. In 1860 he was elected to the State Senate, but resigned to accept the colonelcy of the Eighth Illinois Volunteers. He commanded a brigade at the capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, and was promoted, for gallantry, brigadier general of volunteers, March 21st, 1862. He added to his reputation at Corinth, where he was severely wounded and disabled from duty until April, 1863. In the meantime he had been made major general of volunteers, and assigned to the command of the Sixteenth Army Corps. This commission he resigned in May, 1864.” —Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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