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 Ezekiel Newton “Newt” Osborne

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Ezekiel Newton “Newt” Osborne

  • Birth 6 May 1844 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 17 Oct 1911 Baxter County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Buford, Baxter County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 52852943

Ezekiel Newton Osborne was born as the son of Marshall and Sallie Osborne in Surry Co., NC. He joined the CSA at the age of 17 and may never have returned to NC from his war travel.

54th Infantry Regiment was assembled at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in May, 1862. The men were from the counties of Rowan, Burke, Cumberland, Northampton, Iredell, Guilford, Wilkes, Yadkin, Columbus, and Granville. It was assigned to General Law's, Hoke's, Godwin's, and W.G. Lewis' Brigade, Army of Northern Virgina. The 54th was engaged at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, then guarded prisoners captured at Winchester during the Pennsylvania Campaign. Later it took part in Bristoe and Mine Run campaigns, the conflicts at Plymouth and Drewry's Bluff, Early's Shenandoah Valley operations, and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment lost 6 killed and 40 wounded at Fredericksburg, had 3 killed and 38 wounded at Chancellorsville and 2 wounded and 306 missing at the Rappahannock River. It totalled about 700 men in July, 1864, and surrendered with 4 officers and 53 men of which 23 were armed. The field officers were Colonels James C.S. McDowell, Kenneth M. Murchison, and John Wimbish; Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Ellis; and Major James A. Rogers.

Ezekiel Newton Osborne was captured at Rappahannak Station in VA and sent to Johnson Island Ohio prison camp where he was detained for two years until the end of the war, 1865. He could have been released earlier but would not sign the oath of alegience to the Union thus was kept till war's end.

Andrew Jackson Wolf was captured at Port Hudson and sent to the same camp. We can only speculate as we do NOT have proof, but we believe they became friends and that Ezekiel Newton Osborne came to the AR area about 1871 due to this friendship. We do know that Ezekiel Newton Osborne met Mary Arkansas Wolf, daughter of Jesse H. Wolf and niece to A. J. Wolf, at the Wolf House when she was 13, and he told her when she grew up he was going to marry her. His obituray stated that he traveled after being released from the war camp. We do NOT know where he was for the 1870 census. We do know that he married Mary Arkansas Wolf in 1878 at the Wolf House.

It is not known if Newt ever returned to his native NC. We have a letter written by a sister-in-law living in NC to his widow, Mary Arkansas Wolf Osborne, living in Baxter Co., AR, concerning his death in 1917. It states that there was only one remaining sibling alive and that was a sister, Sallie Osborne. Ezekiel was mentioned as a survivor in the obituaries of brother's Latney, 1907 and Peter 1906 in NC.

He was educated for that day and time and very interested in knowledge as he was an avid reader. He was a member of the IOOF and at the time of his death candidate for representative. Three of his daughters and one of his sons obtained college degrees and were educators themselves. Two of the daughters taught at Shady Grove School, Mary Bryan Osborne Armstrong and Elizabeth Maude Osborne Vickrey. He was a county surveyer as well as farmer and his survey book exists which shows superb handwriting and an ability with numbers.


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  • Created by: Dorothy Boynton
  • Added: 25 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52852943
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ezekiel Newton “Newt” Osborne (6 May 1844–17 Oct 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52852943, citing Fairview Cemetery, Buford, Baxter County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Dorothy Boynton (contributor 47088480) .