|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1865, At Sea|
Civil War: Company D, 2nd California Cavalry
Oscar F. Leach enlisted as a private at Sacramento, California, April 11, 1864, and was mustered into Company D, 2nd California Cavalry. Private Leach perished when the Pacific Mail steamer "Brother Jonathan" sank off Point St. George, California, on July 30, 1865. At the time Private Leach was on detached service as the orderly to Brigadier General George Wright, who also perished in the disaster. The Brother Jonathan was attempting to reach the safety of nearby Crescent City harbor during a severe storm when it struck an uncharted reef. Of the 244 passengers and crew, only 19 survived. Perishing alongside Private Leach were General and Mrs. (Margaret) Wright, Major Ellery W. Eddy, Lieutenant Edward D. Waite and Captain [Samuel] De Wolfe, [captain] of the wrecked steamer Brother Jonathan. His identified remains were recovered and buried here.
THE BROTHER JONATHAN DISASTER.
DESCRIPTION OF BODIES FOUND AND BURIED
Jacksonville (Oregon), August 16th.--The following was received this evening by B. F. Dowell from R. Dugan, of Crescent City:
Through the politeness of our Coroner, J. E. Eldridge, I was permitted to take an abstract from his books of the names and descriptions of the bodies found and buried by him in the city burial grounds from the ill-fated Brother Jonathan to this date as follows:
No. 1, Leach [Oscar F.], U. S. Army;
(Sacramento Daily Union, August 17, 1865; 2:3)
Biography by Steve
Brother Jonathan Cemetery
Del Norte County
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Originally Created by: John Patchin
Record added: Sep 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42347692
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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Added: Feb. 2, 2017
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Brother Jonathan today and remembering the 225 souls who perished at sea. Rest in peace.|
Added: Jul. 30, 2015
Who for the Union fought and bled, though passing on, is never dead.|
Added: May. 11, 2014