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Pvt Oscar F Leach
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Birth: unknown
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.
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
Crescent City
Del Norte County
California, USA
Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans o...
Originally Created by: John Patchin
Record added: Sep 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42347692
Pvt Oscar F Leach
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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.
- Catherine Fields
 Added: Jul. 30, 2015
Who for the Union fought and bled, though passing on, is never dead.
- Steve
 Added: May. 11, 2014

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