Olin Henry Bagley

Olin Henry Bagley

Birth
Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Death 20 Mar 1908 (aged 69)
Knappa, Clatsop County, Oregon, USA
Burial Knappa, Clatsop County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 48107546 · View Source
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On Dec 24, 1861, at the age of 23, Olin enlisted in the Union Army when he was living in Warren, NH. His New Hampshire Regiment moved from Concord, NH to Pawtucket, RI and joined the 1st New England Cavalry, afterward designated as the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry Regiment, serving in the Army of the Potomac in defense of Washington D.C. Olin was promoted to Corporal on Jan 28, 1862. His Regiment marched to Northern Virginia to guard a Supply Depot at Catlett's Station where he and 199 other soldiers were captured on August 22, 1862 in a raid commanded by Confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart. He was a Prisoner of War in a Confederate Prison Camp at Richmond, VA until he tunneled his way out and rejoined his Regiment in Falmouth, VA, another Supply Base. This is the tradition in the Bagley family, however, no specific records exist to prove this. There are records indicating that he may have been released in a prisoner exchange instead of escaping. Here, also, the official record is in dispute, as he was either "mustered out" or he "deserted" on Jan 21, 1863.
In either event, Olin and his younger brother Philander scrambled to the gold fields in California to strike it rich. They took a ship from New England to Panama, crossed the isthmus on the one-track railroad that ran from Colon to Panama City, then picked up another ship bound for San Francisco. They began placer mining in California, but heard of a big strike in Idaho, south of Elk City. They found gold there and named the creek that gave up the gold to them "Bagley Creek". After registering their claims in Grangeville, Idaho under the names of "Sweet Baby Bagley No. 1" and "Sweet Baby Bagley No. 2", they returned to their claims and found the other nearby miners had been killed by the Nez Perce Indians. So, Olin and Philander hurriedly left the area with the gold they had in their possession and eventually made it to Astoria, Oregon where they were both found on the 1870 Census, Olin going by the name of "Chas Hamilton". Philander settled nearby in Knappa, marrying and raising a family. Olin continued to prospect for gold, venturing to Deadwood, CA, where he used the name "Chas Bagley". Using these pseudonyms lends credence to the argument that Olin may have deserted from the Civil War and was attempting to remain somewhat incognito in the Northwest. Olin also was an amateur inventor with several patents credited to him. At this time, it is unknown whether he married or had children. But, he is buried in the Knappa Prairie Cemetery near his younger brother and fellow adventurer, Philander.



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  • Created by: BMac
  • Added: 14 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48107546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Olin Henry Bagley (23 Jul 1838–20 Mar 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48107546, citing Knappa Prairie Cemetery, Knappa, Clatsop County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by BMac (contributor 47234074) .