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Samuel Ovenshine
Brigadier General, United States Army
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Courtesy of Gordon Ovenshine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: (724) 772-0387:

Samuel Ovenshine was born in Philadelphia on April 2, 1843. His father died when he was 16, and when the Civil War broke out 18-year-old Ovenshine was studying law in Baltimore.

Following President Abraham Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers to quell the rebellion against the government, Ovenshine was appointed from Maryland, Second Lieutenant, 5th United States Infantry on August 5, 1861. His entire service in the Civil War was with that regiment, first in Kansas and later New Mexico. The regiment prevented those regions from joining the Confederacy and provided protection against Indians.

Ovenshine was promoted to First Lieutenant on September 25, 1861; Captain on March 30, 1864.

Ovenshine participated in many of the important Indian campaigns of the 19th Century. They included the Black Kettle Campaign of 1868-69, under the command of Major General Philip H. Sheridan in what is now Oklahoma; and The Red River War in 1874 against the Northern Cheyennes and Sioux in Montana.

As part of the 5th Infantry, Ovenshine was with the first division of reinforcements to arrive in Montana after the foibles of General George A. Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn, 1876.

Ovenshine was promoted to Major, 23rd United States Infantry on July 10, 1885; Lieutenant Colonel, 15th United States Infantry on January 31, 1891; and Colonel, 23rd United States, April 26, 1895.

Ovenshine was twice awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Philippine Insurrection, following the capture of Manila on February 5, 1899 and the Battle of Zapote River on June 13, 1899.

At Zapote River, Ovenshine commanded one of two provisional brigades that fought one of the largest and fiercest battles of the war. The fighting began when 1,000 Filipinos ambushed the brigades seven miles south of Manila. The American troops had to break through the enemy flank to gain control of the river.

In his official report, Brigadier General Arthur MacArthur (father of Douglas MacArthur) stated: "The invincible composure of Colonel Ovenshine, during an exposure in dangerous space for more than an hour, was conspicuous and very inspiring to the troops; and the efficient manner in which he took advantage of opportunities as they arose during the varying aspects of the fight was of great practical value in determining the result."

Major General Henry W. Lawton reported: "(Colonel) Ovenshine, riding back and forth not over 150 yards from the enemy's entrenchments, directing his command, was certainly an inspiring example to his men."

Ovenshine was promoted to Brigadier General on October 18, 1899. He retired on October 20, 1899. Aside from the Silver Star, he was awarded the following service medals: Civil War, Indian Wars, War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection and Philippine Congressional Medal.

General Ovenshine and his wife, Sallie, who had seven children, made their home in Washington D.C.  He died there on July 5, 1932. He was buried with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.

The following family members are also buried in this gravesite:

Sallie Yeatman Ovenshine. Wife of Samuel Ovenshine. 1848-1918.

Englebert Glover Ovenshine, Colonel, United States Army. Son of Samuel
Ovenshine. September 4, 1871-January 6, 1968.

Ethel Keyes Ovenshine, wife of Englebert Glover Ovenshine. December 3,
1884-August 13, 1986.

Sallie Yeatman Ovenshine. Daughter of Samuel Ovenshine. 1885-1960.

His daughter, Harriet Ovenshine Weeks, was married to an Army officer and is buried in Section 1 with her husband.

Another daughter, Mary Aston Ovenshine Norvell, wife of Colonel Guy Stevens Norvell, United States Army, is also buried in Arlington with her husband.


OVENSHINE, SALLIE Y W/O SAMUEL
DATE OF DEATH: 05/27/1918
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION W  SITE 333 W.SI
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 WIFE OF SAMUEL OVENSHINE - BRIG GEN USA RETD

OVENSHINE, SALLIE Y D/O SAMUEL
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/27/1885
DATE OF DEATH: 06/11/1960
DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/15/1960
BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 333 WH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 DAUGHTER OF SAMUEL OVENSHINE B/GEN USA

OVENSHINE, SAMUEL
BRIG GEN US ARMY RETD
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 07/05/1932
DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/08/1932
BURIED AT: SECTION WEST  SITE 333 & 35
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


Samuel Ovenshine PHOTO
Samuel Ovenshine, Captain, 5th Infantry, Fort Keogh, Montana, April 26, 1884
(Photo Courtesy of Gordon Ovenshine)

Samuel Ovenshine PHOTO
Samuel Ovenshine, Colonel, 23rd Infantry, Presidio of San Francisco, 1898.
(Photo Courtesy of Gordon Ovenshine)

Samuel Ovenshine PHOTO
Retired Brigadier General Samuel Ovenshine, Washington, D.C., April 1900
Photo Courtesy of Gordon Ovenshine



Note: Richard Powell Ovenshine, USMA 1919, retired as a Brigadier General in 1954. Richard Powell Ovenshine was born on 6 November 1899 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He received a degree in B.A. at West Point in 1919. He received a degree in B.S. at M.I.T. in 1923. He died on 14 July 1992 in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland, Michigan. He served in the Korean was as a Colonel.  He was the grandson of Samuel Ovenshine.  He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.


Samuel Ovenshine's son, Alexander, was also a career military officer who rose to the rank of general. He is not buried in Arlington, however, but in San Antonio, Texas.

Alexander Thompson Ovenshine of Kansas
Appointed Private, Corporal, and Sergeant, Company C, 21st United States Infantry, 1 May 1894 to 28 February 1897
Second Lieutenant, 17th United States Infantry, 16 February 1897
First Lieutenant, 23rd United States Infantry. 6 February 1899
Captain, 7th United States Infantry, 14 October 1901

Fort Sam Houston Texas, National Cemetery:

Alexander Thompson Ovenshine
Born 25 June 1873
Died 6 March 1963
Brigadier General
Plot: E 56
Buried 8 March 1963

Mary Louise Ovenshine
Born 10 November 1874
Died 18 February 1950
Plot: E 57
Buried 21 February 1950



Gordon Ovenshine PHOTO
Gordon Ovenshine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: (724) 772-0387

Posted: 27 October 2001  Updated: 21 December 2001 Updated: 14 January 2002  Updated: 14 May 2002 Updated: 4 November 2002  
Updated: 4 May 2003 Updated: 3 August 2003 Updated: 8 August 2006
Civil War Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Indian Wars Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spanish-American War Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Philippines Insurrection MEDAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Silver Star Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samuel Ovenshine Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003