Action in Wars around the World
William de Okebourn at the Battle of Crecy 1346
William de Okebourn was pardoned by King Edward III on 12 October 1346, dated at Calais, of all homicides, felonies, robberies etc." (Calendar of Patent Rolls 1345-1348) Read more
Hero of the American War of Independence
William Ogborne was a member of the Monmouth County Militia, 1st Regiment, under the command of Colonel Asher Holmes, which captured the British Brig, Britania, on the New Jersey Coast, for which he was awarded a portion of the prize money, by a Court of Admiralty of New Jersey, presided over by Judge John Imley at Allentown, February 26, 1780.Another William Ogborne, great grandson of the first Samuel Ogbourne in New Jersey was a private in Lieutenant Barnes Smock's Troop of Light Dragoons, Monmouth County during the Revolutionary War.So far no records have been unearthed of Ogbornes fighting on the side of the mother country in this war.
The War followed the Declaration of Independence, adopted July 4, 1776, by delegates of the Thirteen Colonies, announcing their separation from Great Britain and the creation of the US. It was written almost totally by Thomas Jefferson.
Ogburns On The Union Side In The American Civil War
At least three Ogborns died fighting for the Union during the American Civil War.
Henry Ogborn was born about 1845 in Indiana and during the Civil War belonged to Company I, Indiana 72nd regiment. He died due to disease, probably on a scouting expedition near Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is buried at Murfreesboro National Cemetery.
William E. Ogborn was born about 1843, also in Indiana and belonged to the same Company I, Indiana 72nd regiment. He was captured by Confederates during a scouting expedition for General Sherman in Mississippi in early 1864,died on 18 September that year and was buried in Andersonville Prison Cemetery, Georgia. Henry and William E. Ogborn were first cousins.
Allen W. Ogborn was mortally wounded at Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on 2 July 1863, where he was decorated. He was born in 1840 in Henry County, Indiana. and was a sergeant of Company B, 19th Indiana Regiment.He died 18th July 1863 in General Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was buried at Grove Cemetery, Greensfork, Indiana. He like several other Quaker cousins refused to remain pacifist during the Civil War. He was a 2nd cousin to Henry & William E.Ogborn.
Ogburns Fight For The Confederates In The American Civil War
Many men from Mecklenburg County in Virginia had earlier joined colourful companies such as the "Boydton Cavalry," "Clarksville Blues," "Chambliss Grays," "Mecklenburg Guards," "Mecklenburg Rifles," and "Confederate Guards."
C. W. Ogburn, a member of the Chambliss Grays, was killed in action at Howlett House near Richmond Virginia on June 21, 1864. Who C. W. Ogburn was, is not known.
What is known is that he was not Charles Wesley Ogburn, younger brother of Benjamin Watkins Ogburn.Charles Wesley Ogburn (1834-1885), also was a soldier in the Chambliss Grays. He enlisted early in 1861 but soon became disillusioned with the glamour--and slaughter--of warfare. He was discharged on May 17, 1862 when the family "furnished a substitute in the person of James Knight." In short, he bought his way out of the Confederate Army.Four Ogburn brothers and their uncle, all from Forsyth County, North Carolina, served with distinction during the Civil War.
Marcellus H. Ogburn (1837-1921), a member of Company G, 1st Cavalry, fought at Richmond and Petersburg. He had his horse shot out from under him in battle.
The other three brothers all served in Company D, 57th Regiment. Sihon A. Ogburn (1840-1927), was wounded at Fredericksburg and was at Appomattox with General Lee at the end of the war. Charles J. Ogburn (1842-1927), was wounded at Chancelorsville and lost his right foot. John W. Ogburn (1844-1933), was twice captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland. Matthew L. Ogburn (1832-1913), uncle to the four Ogburn brothers, served with Company D, 21st Regiment, and was wounded at Pavilion Station.
Chased By The Yankees In The American Civil War
Toward the end of June 1864, a Union Cavalry force of about 2000 men marched through northern Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Benjamin Ogburn had a personal encounter with the Yankee raiders that he was to share with his children and grandchildren until his dying day.
A Negro slave came dashing up on a mule to "Cottage Hill" shouting, "Master Ogburn, Yankee raiders are on their way here. They are up the road at North View." So Benjamin quickly got his hog meat out of the smokehouse and hid it in the attic of the house. Then he started running to the Meherrin River when the Yankees spotted him running across his fields and gave chase.
Ben managed to jump into the river and hid under a large overhanging rock. The Union raiders stood on the very rock Ben was hiding under and cursed the escape of their foe. They went back to the house, "requisitioned" a few chickens and left.
That night, after dark, Ben left the safety of his watery retreat and returned home
The 3rd Anglo-Burma War 1885-90
Stephen Ogbourne, born Wootton Bassett 1863, was awarded the Burma Medal 1885-87 Read more
World War I
Harry Ogbourne, of Wargrave, Berkshire who died aged 26 on 20th May 1918 in Flanders from wounds suffered in an enemy air raid. Harry was a member of the 1st Life Guards.
Listing of other Ogbournes/Ogborns/Ogburns who served in the British Army during this war can be viewed on the attached page: British Army
(it is hoped to add details of those serving in The Royal Navy, Merchant Navy & other branches of the Brtsh Military in due course.)
World War II
Dr. Hugh Bell Ogburn was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in World War II and was the Damage Control Officer of the Battleship California in the Pacific Theater involved in Naval engagements with the Imperial Japanese Navy at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and received several combat decorations.
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