Edmund A. Ogden

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Edmund Augustus Ogden (1811-1855) - Born 20 Feb 1811 in Catskill, New York. He was a career U.S. Army infantry officer who served in the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, the Mexican War and at numerous frontier posts. He oversaw the construction of Fort Riley, Kansas, in 1855 and died there of Cholera, 3 Aug 1855.

Major Edmund A. Ogden
Ogden Monument at Fort Riley

He entered the United States Military Academy 1 Jul 1827 and graduated in the Class of 1831 ranking 21st out of 33.

Lieutenant Ogden served during the Black Hawk War at Fort Crawford (1). He later transferred to the newly formed 8th U.S. Infantry in 1838 and served in the Second Seminole War at Fort Brooke in Tampa. Fort Ogden (1) was named for him in 1841. He served in the Mexican War and later at Fort Leavenworth. He oversaw the construction of Fort Riley, Kansas in 1855.

Major Ogden died 3 Aug 1855 at Fort Riley during a Cholera epidemic that took the lives of about 70 other people. A memorial monument to Major Ogden still sits on a hill overlooking Fort Riley. Part of the inscription on the monument reads: "Few men were more respected and loved in their lives or more lamented in their death." His body is interred in St. Matthews Cemetery, Unadilla, New York.


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