Samuel Lyle Glasgow was born in Adams County, Ohio, on 17 September, 1838. He was educated at South Salem Academy and in the fall of 1853 came to Iowa and first located at Oskaloosa where he was admitted to the bar in 1858.
He soon after removed to Corydon where he opened a law office. In July, 1861, he assisted in raising Company I, of the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was chosen First Lieutenant. In 1862 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the Twenty-third Regiment.
Upon the death of Colonel Kinsman he was promoted to the command of the regiment, making an excellent officer and before the close of the war attained the rank of brevet Brigadier General.
Upon his return home he was elected on the Republican ticket Representative in the Eleventh General Assembly. In 1867 he was appointed United States Consul to Havre, France, where he remained several years. In 1872 he was sent to Glasgow, Scotland, as United States Consul.
Colonel Samuel L. Glasgow of Corydon, Iowa, commissioned in the 23 Iowa Infantry, May 19, 1863.
General Glasgow died on 16 January 1916 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Winona Glasgow (15 October 1870-13 January 1916) is buried with him.
Samuel Lyle Glasgow of Ohio
First Lieutenant, 4th Iowa Volunter Infantry, 31 August 1861
Resigned 4 January 1862
Major, 23rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, 19 September 1862
Lieutenant Colonel, 1 December 1862
Colonel 19 May 1863
Breveted Brigadier General of Volunteers 19 December 1864 for good conduct in the campaign against Vicksburg
Honorably mustered out of the volunteer service 26 July 1865
MRS. S. L. GLASGOW,WIDOWED, ENDS LIFE
Shoots Herself, Leaving Note Asking To Be Buried Beside General, Who Died Sunday
WASHINGTON, January 19, 1916 – Because she felt she could not live alone, Mrs. Winona Glasgow, 45 years old, widow of Brigadier General Samuel Lyle Glasgow, who won promotion for his share in the siege of Vicksburg in the Civil War, committed suicide this afternoon by shooting herself through the heart in her apartments at the Falkstone Courts. General Glasgow, was was70 years old, died there on Sunday night of haddening of the arteries. This morning his body was cremated.
Mrs. Glasgow went to the crematory this morning with her brother, Charles Schlichter, and her sister, Mrs. Charles W. Dietts,of Burlington, Iwa. They accompanied the widow back to her apartments. She sent Mrs. Dietts out for marketing and in the latter's absence wrote this note:
“I am lonesome, and cannot live without the General. It is my request that my ashes be placed along with his at Arlington tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Please forgive me for this, but it is my only solace.”
When Mrs. Dietts returned, Mrs. Glasgow,who had neither slept nor eaten since her husband's death, said she would lie down and rest. Going into her room, she partly disrobed, lay upon bed with a comfort, placed the revolver against her heart and pulled the trigger. Two hours later, when they called her for dinner, her brother and sister discovered her dead body.
Mrs. Glasgow married General Glasgow ten years ago in Chicago. Four years ago they came to Washington to enable the General to conduct a legislative campaign for old age pensions for Civil War veterans.
GLASGOW, SAMUEL L
- BVT BRIG GEN 23 IOWA INF CIV WAR
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/16/1916
- BURIED AT: SECTION E D W SITE 3653
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
GLASGOW, WINONA WID/O SAMUEL L
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/19/1916
- BURIED AT: SECTION E.D. SITE LOT 3653
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF SL GLASGOW – BVT BRIG GEN COL 23 IOWA INF CIVIL WAR
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