CDV OF LT. COLONEL WILLIAM M. OWEN; CHIEF OF ARTILLERY, PRESTON'S DIVISION, ARMY OF TENNESSEE; WASHINGTON ARTILLERY OF NEW ORLEANS; SHOT IN FACE AT PETERSBURG

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Bust, profile view of Owen in uniform. Image is clear with slightly light contrast. Photo is tinted: blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and red trim on uniform. Upper left corner of mount is chipped. Photographer's backmark, Anderson, New Orleans. A 2-cent revenue stamp is on the back.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Owen came to New Orleans at the age of 18. He became a member of the Washington Artillery in December 1860. Took part in the Baton Rouge expedition of 1861 as a Private, but was soon chosen to serve as adjutant with the rank of First Lieutenant. Owen participated in the battle of Manassas, Seven Days' battles around Richmond, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. After Gettysburg he was promoted to rank of Major of artillery and sent to Abingdon, Virginia to take command of the artillery at Saltville, and the department of Southwestern Virginia. Upon the evacuation of east Tennessee by the Confederates, he accepted the position of chief of staff to the division of troops commanded by General William Preston, and participated with the division in the battle of Chickamauga.

He was with Longstreet in the campaign around Knoxville, and placed in command of the Thirteenth Virginia Battalion of Artillery. When Longstreet rejoined Lee in Virginia, Major Owen was assigned back to the Washington Artillery, then stationed at Petersburg, Virginia.

At Petersburg with the Washington Artillery, and when the mine was exploded in July 1864, and the commanding officer of the Thirteenth Virginia Artillery was wounded, Major Owen was again detached from the Washington Artillery and, by order of General Lee, assigned to that command. Positioned just to the right of the crater, while standing upon the parapet directing one of his guns, he was struck in the face by a minie ball.

In April 1865 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of artillery. At Appomattox Court House he surrendered his battalion, paroled his officers and men, and returned to New Orleans.

He died in 1893 and is buried in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans.

From the collection of the late William Turner.   [jet] [ph:L]

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