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Col Oscar Frans Malmborg
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Birth: Feb. 29, 1820
Gotlands län, Sweden
Death: Apr. 29, 1880
Gotlands län, Sweden

Colonel Frans Oscar Malmborg born in Rågåkre in Kräklingbo February 28, 1820. His father had an extensive career in the military and was Captain at Gotland national military (Gotlands Nationalbeväring). Oscar, who was the youngest of the three brothers, was only eight years old when his father died. The family became insolvent and could not economically continue living on the farm in Kräklingbo. His older brothers moved almost immediately to Stockholm but Oscar and his mother managed to obtain a temporary accommodation in Sjonhem. When Oscar was 14 years old, he moved to Stockholm and soon became a sergeant in the Royal Västmanland Regiment. Eight years of service resulted in an officer's exam at Gotland national military 1845. Oscar had turned 25 years when he emigrated to America to take recruitment as an officer in the war that had just broken out between the U.S. and Mexico. He discovered, however, when he came there, that his English was too poor why he initially had to be a private soldier instead until he learned the language better. He learned English quick, and was soon promoted to warrant officer. When the war was over, Oscar moved to Chicago, where he initially served as an engineer. He joined the Association Svea and soon became its chairman. He changed his profession to emigration recruiters and traveled back to Sweden in 1853 to recruit emigrants. Back in Chicago, he had a few different civilian occupations before tensions between North and South led to the outbreak of war 1861. Oscar joined the U. S. Army and became, thanks to its track record, offered colonel and regimental commander level but chose himself to be satisfied with Lieutenant Colonel in the 55th Illinois Volunteer Regiment. This regiment is considered to be that which reached the best successes of all in General Sherman's army. Oscar's last assignment was with the was storming of Atlanta. Then his body was so damaged that he was unable to continue in the military. It was mainly the eyes that caused the problem, he was nearly blind. He took leave from the Army in 1865, when the war was over, and he received good scores from both General Grant and General Sherman. After a few years of civil work in the War department in Washington Oscar returned in 1874 to Sweden and Gotland, in order to try to cure himself. Back in Visby Oscar lived on the pension he received from the U.S. Since Oscar never married nor had any children, so he donated his possessions to Gotland Museum (Gotlands Fornsal) where, among other things, is a certificate issued to him and signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Among other donations to the museum include weapons, ammunition, maps, uniforms, etc. belongings from the Union Army. Oscar died in 1880 and in his obituary described him as "Former colonel in the North American United States service." He was buried at Eastern Cemetery May 3, 1880 in his blue American uniform. 
Östra kyrkogåren
Gotlands kommun
Gotlands län, Sweden
Created by: Mickael
Record added: Sep 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97344033
Col Oscar Frans Malmborg
Added by: Mickael
Col Oscar Frans Malmborg
Added by: Mickael
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