Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Ozro Allen

Ozro B. Allen

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA


Unit History

  • 25th Wisconsin Infantry G

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Ozro Allen
Full Unit History

25th WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized/Mustered In: 9/14/62 Camp Salomon, La Crosse, WI
Mustered Out: 6/7/65 Crystal Springs, MD

Regimental History

REGIMENTAL HISTORY:


   A three-year “western theater” unit, the 25th left the state immediately after Federal muster and proceeded to Minnesota to aid in restraining Indian outbreaks.  That done, in Feb. ’63 it was ordered to KY and MS before, in the latter part of the summer and fall, being assigned to the district of eastern Arkansas.

   Winter and spring of ‘63/’64 found the regiment employed in expeditions into MS and AL before joining Union Gen. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign.

   Following actions at Resaca, Dallas, and Kennesaw Mountain It was (in July) ordered to Decatur to guard a train.  There, a part of the 25th along with elements of an Ohio regiment engaged in a hot contest with two divisions of Confederate cavalry intent upon capturing the train.

   Though compelled to fall back on the reserves they fought to such effect that the enemy was held off.  The regiment reached Atlanta on 7/26 and performed effective service during he ensuing siege.  After the fall of the city it accompanied the army to Savannah then proceeded north through the Carolinas.

   Participation in the Grand Review in the nation’s capitol preceded final muster. 

Soldier History

SOLDIER:
Residence: Durand, WI   Age: 20 yrs (est)
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/8/62 Durand, WI   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 6/7/65 Crystal Springs, MD
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History

PERSONAL/FAMILY HISTORY:

 

  Ozro B. Allen was born in Cattaraugus Co., NY to parents Alonzo and Mary Allen.  The year was likely 1842. No additional details are available on his birth family or formative years.  Joining the U.S. Army the 6’2”, blue-eyed Allen listed his occupation as “blacksmith.”  One of his unit’s first duties was to deal with the Indian uprising that, during the summer had caused Minnesota to run with blood.

   On 10/1/62 while on duty at Richland, MN Private Allen was stricken with the measles.  In later life when applying for a government disability a pension based on his service career he noted that while sick he lay out on an open prairie in a small tent with but one blanket and so contracted a violent cold.  Ever since he had been troubled with weak lungs, a serious cough, violent headaches, nose bleeds and “great dizziness when stooping over.”  Indian problems aside, Ozro’s unit headed east to deal with Johnny Reb.  So it was that about 7/22/64 while in battle at Decatur, GA he received a gunshot wound to the right foot, which carried away his second toe.  The wounding,   which prompted his only absence from his unit, was to continue to bother him in later life and resulted in his receiving a $6 per month government stipend.

   With the ending of the war Ozro returned to Durand, Wisconsin where it appears he took up farming.  There, too, on 5/14/67 he married Permelia Isabele Warner (b. circa 1842). The union would produce one child: Frank C. (b/9/69 d. 9/9/35 WI) When and why the Allens moved to the Puget Sound area and settled in Everett is not known.  It appears, however, that at some point Ozro gave up farming to become a policeman.

   The Everett Daily Herald 11/11/08 noted, in part as follows: “(Ozro Allen) died March 18, 1902, the sorrowing wife was unwilling that he should be buried without her and made arrangements for The John F. Jerread Funeral Parlor to embalm her husband’s body and keep him in a vault….until she too died so they might be buried together.  All these years the body has been lying on a slab waiting until death should also claim the wife. She died 11/10/08.”  Ozro and Permelia are buried side by side. 

Cemetery

Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Row: 20
Site: 6

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