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Oliver Anson (1840-1895)

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Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 3/28/2020 at 21:29:24

Cascade Pioneer, published in Cascade, Iowa on Friday, May 3rd, 1895

J. F. Anson was called to Council Bluffs last Thursday by a telegram announcing the death of his brother, Oliver Anson, well known in railroad and army circles. He was 55 years old and held the position of cashier of the freight department of the Union Pacific railroad. His death occurred on Thursday morning at 4 0íclock, and his funeral, which was one of military honors according to the ritual of the G. A. R., took place on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Ansonís military record was an excellent one, and touching it we clip the following from the Council Bluffs Globe:

Comrade Oliver Anson, at the age of 17 years, enlisted as a soldier in the volunteer services of his country on Dec. 3, 1861, for the term of three years as a private in Company H. Sixteenth Iowa Infantry, was promoted to First Lieutenant and adjunct of the regiment and after a continuous service of three years and seven months was mustered out on the 19th of July 1865, by reason of close of war. During his term of service he served on the staff of Gen. Giles A. Smith, commanding Crockerís Iowa brigade, Third Brigade, Fourth Division, Seventeenth A. C. He participated in the following engagements: Shiloh, Corinth, Luka, Holly Springs, Tupelo, siege of Vicksburg, through the Atlanta campaign and was captured before Atlanta, but was exchanged in time to join in the march with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea. He was mustered as a comrade of Encampment No. 8 Union Veteran Legion of the 13th of December, 1887, serving two terms as adjunct of the encampment, one term as Lieutenant Colonel, and on the 10th of January, 1895, was mustered as Colonel of the encampment, which position he held at the time of his death.


 

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