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Civil War Soldiers - Owen

Owen, Joshua T., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Caermarthen, Wales, March 29, 1821. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1830, was graduated at Jefferson college, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1845, and engaged in teaching and in the practice of law, being admitted to the bar in 1852, and he established, with his brother Robert, the Chestnut Hill academy for boys. He was a member of the state legislature, 1857- 59, was a private in the 1st city troop of Philadelphia in 1861, and on May 8 of that year became colonel of the 24th Penn. volunteers. After being mustered out after his three months' service had expired he organized the 69th Penn. regiment, of which he became colonel, Aug. 18, 1861, and with which he served in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac from Fair Oaks to Cold Harbor, commanding a brigade part of the time and winning by gallant and meritorious conduct at Glendale promotion to the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862. His commission expired March 4, 1863, but he was reappointed, March 30, and served until mustered out, July 18, 1864. Gen. Owen then resumed the practice of his profession in Philadelphia, and was recorder of deeds there in 1866-71. In 1871 he founded the "New York Daily Register," a law journal which became the official organ of the New York courts in 1873, and he was a member of its editorial staff until shortly before his death. Gen. Owen died at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 1887.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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